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Arevik Avedian is a Statistician and Manager of the Empirical Research Services, providing empirical research support for the Harvard Law School faculty. She also is a Lecturer on Law at HLS, teaching quantitative methods. Arevik holds a Ph.D. in world politics and methods and a M.A. in economics from Claremont Graduate University, a dual B.A/M.A., summa cum laude, in international relations from David Anhaght University of Armenia. Before joining HLS, she taught courses on statistics and international relations at University of California, Riverside and California State University, Fullerton. Her research focuses on armed conflict, inequality and corporate governance. Some of her current methodological interests include geographic information systems (GIS), text mining, big data and location analytics. She can be contacted at or 617.495.5268.

Jonathan Whittinghill is an Applied Research Statistician with a background in evaluation, educational assessment and measurement. He holds a Master’s degree from the California State University Los Angeles and a Master’s in Passing from Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has previously worked in project evaluation and institutional research, and most recently was a doctoral candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His primary methodological interests are in exploratory data analysis, psychometrics, and data visualization.  He can be contacted at or 617.384.7606.

Student Consultations

The Empirical Department is offering a limited number of brief student consultations. Please contact Jonathan Whittinghill to schedule an appointment.