Mr. Schaffer provides both quantitative and qualitative research support to Spark’s projects and assists in the development of user-friendly tools for clients to explore and use their data. He’s passionate about helping partners learn data-driven decision-making and the value of adopting a complexity perspective when thinking about and planning their work. As a fellow at Spark, Joby gets to apply his skills on many different types of projects across a wide variety of issue areas.
Joby holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration with a focus on finance from the Leeds School of Business, a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and a M.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado-Boulder. He is currently a PhD student in Political Science at the University of Colorado-Boulder. In his dissertation, Joby uses a complexity perspective to model the causes and consequences of the selective implementation of labor laws in China’s cities. Joby also conducts research on other topics in comparative and American politics, including recently published research on vote-buying in Latin America and the connections between religion and political tolerance in the U.S.
In his spare time, Joby enjoys exploring Colorado’s beautiful outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and learning new things through reading and taking online courses.