Ravi Iyer Biography

Ravi Iyer

Ravi Iyer, Chief Data Scientist, Ranker, and Consultant, Zenzi Communications


Ravi Iyer occupies a unique space at the intersection of data science and moral psychology. He is the chief data scientist for Ranker, a consumer internet platform that collects millions of monthly consumer opinions, and the executive director of Civil Politics, a non-profit that uses technology to bridge the divide between practitioners and researchers in moral psychology. He is an applied data science consultant for Zenzi Communications, NewReleaseNow, the Institute for the Bio-Cultural Study of Religion, and Siemer & Associates.

He holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Southern California and remains an active researcher, having published 20+ articles in leading peer-reviewed psychology journals over the past few years, most of which concern the empirical study of moral and political attitudes. His research has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Reason Magazine, Good Magazine, the New York Times, and at numerous industry and academic conferences including South by Southwest. 

He is the co-founder of numerous academic social science projects that leverage technology to collect larger, more diverse datasets, including BeyondThePurchase.org (a consumer psychology data site), YourMorals.org (which focuses on moral psychology), ExploringMyReligion.org (which focuses on the scientific study of religion), PsychWiki.com, and VoteHelp.org. He blogs regularly about my research at PoliPsych.com.

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