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About Bella


Bella is a social scientist, data maven, and all-around student of humanity, with a background in combining quantitative and qualitative data to tell stories about human behavior at all levels, from individual idiosyncrasies to the highest of high politics. As the Founding Data Scientist at Group Project, she works on improving how businesses see and use their employees, for better team-building and better outcomes.

Bella graduated from Princeton University with a Ph.D. in Politics. Her dissertation research analyzed the strategy and management of interstate territorial disputes, using a variety of methods, including game theory, statistical analysis, and case studies, to explain political outcomes. She also co-ran the Security Studies Colloquium at the Woodrow Wilson School's Center for International Security Studies from 2014 to 2017.

Prior to Princeton, she received an A.B. in Government from Harvard University, with language certificates in French and Spanish, and studied abroad at the University of Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle. A rusty, but heritage, Mandarin speaker, she also studied for a summer during graduate school at the Inter-University Program (IUP) at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Her eternal struggle to maintain proficiency in these languages is ongoing.

In her spare time, Bella chairs the Voting Reform Initiative at the League of Women Voters of New York City, moonlights as a volunteer texting lead for Open Progress, and is a member of the Manhattan Democratic Party county committee.