Hi, I’m Samantha Tyner. Most people call me Sam. I’m an applied statistician and data scientist, with a wide range of skills and experiences. I became a statistician because I want to use data to make a difference.

Currently, I’m the inaugural 2019-20 AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the Office of Survey Methods Research. Previously, I was a postdoctoral research associate in the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence at Iowa State University. I earned my Ph.D. in Statistics from Iowa State in 2017 where I worked with Heike Hofmann.

I am passionate about:

  • Data visualization
  • Communicating science & statistics to a general audience. Check out my blog posts and my twitter account for examples!
  • Using R and other open source software. See my projects on GitHub
  • Using data science for social good
  • Building up inclusive R user & data science communities.


  • Data visualization
  • Data science for social good
  • Reproducibile research & open science
  • Computing with R
  • Forensic Science
  • Science for Policy


  • PhD in Statistics, 2017

    Iowa State University

  • MS in Statistics, 2015

    Iowa State University

  • BA in Mathematics, Economics, & French, 2012

    Augustana College