Social and Decision Analytics

Brandon Kramer

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate
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Brandon Kramer (Ph.D., Rutgers University) is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Social and Decision Analytics division at the University of Virginia's Biocomplexity Institute and Initiative. Generally, Brandon is interested in ethics and inequality at the intersection of science, technology, and health. In his dissertation research, Brandon incorporated aspects of science & technology studies and computational social science to study how racial and gendered health disparities are reproduced in biomedical research. At the Biocomplexity Institute, he contributes to projects on open source software development and evidence-based policymaking. Brandon obtained his B.A. from the University of Iowa and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Rutgers University.


    • Science & Technology Studies
    • Computational Social Science
    • Race & Gender
    • Medical Sociology
    • Network Analysis
    • Policy Analytics
    • Social Neuroscience
  • David Mechanic Scholar Award, Institute of Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, Rutgers University (2018-19)

  • Ph.D. in Sociology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

    M.A. in Sociology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

    B.A. in Sociology, University of Iowa

Through the use of historical analysis and computational text analysis, we elaborate how the 1969 White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health influenced our understanding of national well-being through a number of cultural, political, and environmental processes over the latter half of the 20th century.
National Well-being
We worked closely with Fairfax County Government and Economic Development Authority in developing research questions, identifying relevant data sources, and conducting our analyses.  Our collaboration helps county officials consider the equity of all residents in creating new programs and policies for employment support, housing, and transportation.
Community Well-being
In the News
Public Health

In 1969, then-President Richard Nixon commissioned the first and only White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health, which became a catalyst for much-needed progress in U.S. policy focused on hunger and malnutrition. What was set in motion over the course of the three-day conference changed the national landscape around food and nutrition policy, and has had lasting impact almost five decades years later.

Selected Publications
Social and Decision Analytics
Neville Q; Cong C; Tobin E; Halewicz V; Pristavec T; Kramer B; Goldstein J; Shipp S; Tobin J . MethodSpace. SAGE Publishing.. 2020;
Social and Decision Analytics
Cong C; Isch C; Tobin E; Korkmaz G; Santiago-Calderón JB; Schroeder A; Kramer BL . MethodSpace. SAGE Publishing.. 2020;
Social and Decision Analytics
Himmelstein M; Kramer BL; Springer K . Psychology of Men and Masculinity. 2019; 20(4):491-502