Rebecca C. Steorts is an Assistant Professor at Duke University with appointments in the departments of Statistical Science, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, and Computer Science.  She was a visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistics at Carnegie Mellon University from 2012 to 2015, working with Stephen E. Fienberg. Steorts received her B.S. in Mathematics in 2005 from Davidson College, her MS in Mathematical Sciences in 2007 from Clemson University, and her PhD in 2012 from the Department of Statistics at the University of Florida under the supervision of Malay Ghosh.  

Steorts’ interests are in computationally scalable approaches to social science applications, focusing on recovering high dimensional objects from degraded data and how to recover the underlying structure.  Methods used for this are entity resolution, small area estimation, locality sensitive hashing, and privacy-preserving record linkage as applied to medical studies, fmri studies, human rights violations, and estimation of poverty rates in hard to reach domains.  In 2015 Steorts was named to MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35 as a humantarian in the field of software.