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Arevik Avedian is the Director of Empirical Research Services (ERS). ERS provides empirical research support for the Harvard Law School faculty. Arevik is a Lecturer on Law at HLS, teaching quantitative methods. She 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 and location analytics. She can be contacted at She can be contacted at or 617.495.5268.


Jonathan Hack is a statistician part of the Empirical Research Services, providing empirical research support for the Harvard Law School community. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science and Quantitative Methodology from the George Washington University and completed a B.A. in Government and International Relations at Clark University in Worcester, MA. His methodological interests include text mining, natural language processing, network analysis, survey analytics, and data visualization.

Jonathan’s own area of specialization is American politics, focusing on judicial decision-making and political institutions. Jonathan’s research explores the historical development of institutions and the role institutional design plays in structuring how judges render decisions. Prior to joining HLS, Jonathan taught courses on American government and judicial decision-making at the George Washington University. He can be contacted at or 617.384.7606.