Vlad Enrique Medenica, Ph.D.

Vlad Enrique Medenica, Ph.D.

Social Scientist || Data Storyteller || Equity Champion

DEI Insights Partner at Atlassian

Hi there!

I’m a quantitative social scientist with extensive experience conducting and communicating end-to-end research on topics related to race, ethnicity, identity, inequality, experimental data, and survey methodology.

Though I approach my work with the rigor and systems-oriented perspective of an expert researcher, my understanding of and commitment to these topics stems from my own positionality as a Latinx person in the United States. As a child of immigrants from a low-income, racially segregated neighborhood who went on to earn a PhD from Princeton University, I’ve witnessed the devastating consequences of social inequality up close and understand the urgent need to use every tool available to break down barriers to equity and justice.

My mission is to leverage my training in quantitative analysis and social science, in concert with my unique lived experiences, to deliver data-driven insights that cut through complexity and lead to practical action, equitable outcomes, scalable solutions, and lasting impact.

Currently, I am an Insights Partner specializing in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the collaborative software company Atlassian. Previously, I served as Associate Director of GenForward, a research organization committed to advancing justice through data by surveying and amplifying the voices of young adults of color in the United States, as well as a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware, an Editor for a research column at The Washington Post, and Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Chicago.

I earned my PhD in Politics and Social Policy from Princeton University and am a proud native of Southeast San Diego, located on the unceded territory of the Kumeyaay Nation. My pronouns are he/they (English) / él/elle (Spanish).

  • Social Inequality
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Identity
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Public Opinion and Behavior
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Data Visualization & Storytelling
  • Survey and Experimental Research Methods
  • Princeton University

    PhD in Politics and Social Policy

  • Princeton University

    MA in Politics

  • University of Southern California (USC)

    BA in Psychology & Political Science

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DEI Insights Partner
Nov 2022 – Present Remote
As DEI Insights Partner, I work closely with the DEI team and stakeholders across HR and the business to understand challenges and opportunities, frame business questions, and define hypotheses to translate into insights and action, working closely with the wider People Insights team to build solutions at scale.
Associate Director
Aug 2020 – Nov 2022 Chicago, IL

I’ve held several roles at GenForward, including:

  • Associate Director (Aug 2022 - Nov 2022)
    • Manage and direct work across all organizational functions, including
      • Quantitative Research and Analysis
      • Community Outreach
      • Partnerships
      • Communications and Media Relations
    • Administer annual operating budget, including developing multi-year budget forecasts and identifying and securing additional sources of funding and revenue.
    • Execute the organization’s operational and overall strategic plan.
  • Director of Survey Research (July 2021 - Aug 2022)
    • Led all aspects of survey research efforts (strategic planning, metric design, data collection & analysis).
    • Supervised the work of team members in executing approriate statistical analyses.
    • Delivered data products such as topline reports, policy memos, and data visualizations to diverse audiences.
    • Communicated research findings to various stakeholders, including journalists, community advocates, academic researchers, and policymakers.
  • Data & Analytics Consultant (Aug 2020 - July 2021)
    • Wrote scripts in R to establish efficient analytic frameworks, improve data analysis workflows, decrease reporting turnaround times, respect respondent privacy, and expand organizational capacity.
    • Defined metrics and measurement strategies to capture more accurate data on complex topics.
University of Delaware
Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
Aug 2019 – Aug 2022 Newark, DE

The work of tenure-track professors is varied and broad. Among others, my duties and responsibilities included:

  • Conducting solo and collaborative research projects from conception to publication.
  • Presenting original research at professional conferences, workshops, and invited lectures.
  • Evaluating the research of others as a peer-reviewer for academic journals and providing appropriate feedback to both editors and researchers.
  • Reviewing research proposals and organizing panels for disciplinary conferences.
  • Designing and teaching undergraduate- and graduate-level courses on topics related to research methodology, public opinion, social inequality, race and identity, and American politics.
  • Overseeing the progress and completion of doctoral dissertations and master’s and undergraduate theses.
  • Directing the work of graduate research fellows and teaching assistants.
  • Serving on the following committees:
    • Diversity and Inclusion
      • Designed and launched a climate study to understand equity and inclusion challenges to craft recommendations and inform reforms.
    • Graduate Placement
      • Organized workshops, drafted resources, and offered written/oral feedback to support students seeking academic and industry job opportunities.
    • Undergraduate Education
      • Executed a survey of current undergraduate majors to evaluate alignment between student career goals and department offerings, measure levels of satisfactions, and identify areas of improvement and innovation.
      • Recommended curricular reforms, including structural changes to existing majors and minors as well as the design of a new undergraduate minor in social justice.
    • Executive
      • Advise the Chair on vision and administrative needs, including the hiring new faculty.
  • Formal affiliations with:
    • Center for the Study of Diversity
    • Center for Political Communication
    • Program in Latin American and Iberian Studies
The Monkey Cage at The Washington Post
Jan 2021 – May 2022 Remote

The Monkey Cage’s mission is to draw on the expertise of academic scholarship to provide in-depth analysis, illuminate the news, and inform civic discussion. As an Editor, my responsibilities included:

  • Translating complex and dense academic studies into accessible articles for a non-technical audience and general readership.
  • Diversifying the pool of contributors, topics, perspectives, and research methods published.
  • Staying up to date on academic research to appropriately identify publication opportunities.
  • Evaluating research submissions on the basis of rigor and the potential to expand public understanding.
University of Chicago
Postdoctoral Scholar
Jul 2017 – Aug 2019 Chicago, IL

Affiliated with Department of Political Science and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, my work included:

  • Collaborating with scholars across disciplines to design, field, and analyze original surveys.
  • Cleaning data and performing statistical analyses.
  • Creating data visualizations and co-authoring survey reports to tell compelling data stories and deliver data insights to diverse audiences spanning a broad range of technical expertise.
Princeton University
Aug 2012 – Jun 2017 Princeton, NJ

I held several roles and responsibilities at Princeton, including:

  • Graduate Researcher, Center for the Study of Democratic Politics
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Politics
  • Instructor, Princeton Summer Undergraduate Research Experience
  • Diversity Fellow, The Graduate School
  • Member, Special Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Graduate Mentor, Freshman Scholars Initiative


I received my Ph.D. from Princeton University’s Joint Degree Program – a collaborative effort of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and the Departments of Politics, Economics, Psychology, Demography, and Sociology that combines work in a primary social science (e.g., Politics) with a multidisciplinary perspective on the problems of social inequality and economic insecurity at a global scale.

Select honors:

  • Marion J. Levy, Jr. Fellowship in Social Policy
  • Ford Foundation Fellowship
  • American Political Science Association Minority Fellowship
  • Princeton University President’s Fellowship
  • President of the Latino Graduate Student Association (elected)

Areas of focus:

  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Survey and Experimental Methods
  • American Politics
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Identity
  • Political Psychology
University of Southern California
B.A. – Psychology and Political Science

Notable achievements:


To contact me, please fill out the following form or send an email to vlad.medenica@gmail.com