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I am an Assistant Professor in the Mathematics & Statistics Department at Vassar College. In 2020, I finished my PhD in the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and am currently working on COVID-19 research projects with the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics. You’ll find a little about me on this page. Please use the tabs at the top of the page for more information on my CV, research, and teaching.

I was born in Brooklyn, NY, to a high school math teacher and a (at the time) history graduate student. At the age of 6, my family moved to the small town of Mechanicsburg, PA. After graduating high school, I spent four years at Yale University, studying mathematics and playing intramural sports for Ezra Stiles College.

After college, I returned to New York City, spending three years between Manhattan and Queens. I worked in health policy research at the Medicaid Institute of the United Hospital Fund, which sparked my interest in the intersection of statistics and public health. This led me to graduate school and to biostatistics. During grad school, I was a proud member of the Harvard Graduate Students Union (HGSU-UAW Local 5118). I served on the bargaining committee, and our union won a first contract in June 2020 after a month-long strike in December 2019.

Outside of school, I enjoy playing sports (particularly soccer, tennis, and ultimate), as well as hiking and meager attempts at sailing. I also watch great TV and follow my hometown New York Mets and Knicks.

You can contact me at lkennedyshaffer (at) vassar (dot) edu.