Torbet McNeil is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Practice at the University of Arizona (UA). His dissertation is on data science higher education policy. He also has a strong interest in comparative public policy. For two years, he was a Graduate Research Assistant for the UA Libraries’ Data Science Specialist. He was awarded a Scholarship for Education Research to participate in the 2019 Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he took workshops on machine learning, longitudinal analysis, and maximum likelihood estimation. He has an MPA from the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs and a BA in international studies with a minor in economics from Emory University. He is keenly interested in serving as a bridge builder between the academic and policy worlds.