For the last twenty-two years, I have written well over 25 opinion essays in different newspapers or online news media. I have also experimented with blogging. In January 2016, I started Politics and Snapshots, a blog on my two hobbies: photography and American politics. It was a fun experiment! But given my teaching and administrative duties, it was difficult to produce content on a regular basis.
In October 2017, a month after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico’s infrastructure, I started a new blog, The Puerto Rico Data Lab. This experiment was different from the previous one in two important respects. First, I launched the blog after deciding to research and write on U.S. – Puerto Rico relations in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Thus, the blog serves as a personal notebook where I can sketch ideas and share these with the world as I prepare articles for academic journals. Some of these posts have been published in different online news outlets. Second, for the last three years I have been working on my data analytic skills, learning R and other data visualization packages. My blog posts are helping me further develop my skills and experiment with different techniques.
In this site, I will start blogging on issues connected to my courses and research projects as well as my interests in the 2020 U.S. elections.