Curriculum Vitae

Jacob Levernier, PhD

CV - March 2021
GitHub: publicus

Areas of Expertise

Languages and Frameworks:
JS/ES6+, ReactJS, Redux, Next.js, Node.js, Typescript; Python; R, Tidyverse; Go; Bash; SQL (Postgres, MySQL); Cypher (for Neo4J); LAMP, ELK, JAM stacks; Stan, JAGS
RMarkdown, Shiny, LaTeX, Hugo, Pelican
Data Systems:
API (inc. REST-based APIs) and workflow design, microservice architecture; Docker, Docker-Compose, Kubernetes, Vault, Terraform; ElasticSearch; Linux server setup and administration; database schema architecture (SQL and NoSQL); automated unit testing and functional testing (Jest, Selenium, Go, Python tests); database encryption and obfuscation (data perturbation, synthetic data generation, disclosure control, differential privacy); data ethics and privacy design; applied statistics, including Bayesian statistics
Agile Project Management (inc. Jira and OpenProject administration); mentorship of students and junior colleagues; documentation writing; cross-team communication; communicating clearly, tactfully, and collaboratively


PhD, Personality and Social Psychology, University of Oregon

Dissertation Title: “The Axiology of Necrologies: Using Natural Language Processing to Examine Values in Obituaries”
Supporting Area in Data Science, including Data Management and Data Ethics
Graduate Certificate in New Media and Culture

MS, Psychology, University of Oregon

BA, Psychology (4.0 GPA), University of San Francisco

First student in 13 years to be both Valedictorian (Arts and Social Sciences) and Dean’s Medalist (Arts)
Minors in Neuroscience, Philosophy, Classical Studies
Great Books Program Certificate

Visiting Student Program (4.0 GPA), Blackfriars, University of Oxford, UK

Philosophy and English Literature

Professional Experience

The Coleridge Initiative
Data and Privacy Manager
Jan. 2021 - Mar. 2021

I helped roadmap privacy and data initiatives for The Coleridge Initiative, a nonprofit startup that helps state and federal government agencies to safely use and protect sensitive public datasets at increasingly large scale, including leading privacy and confidentiality work in statistical disclosure limitation for research exports. This involved:

  • Developing and documenting approaches to ensure that tabular, model-based, and graphical outputs comply with statistical best practices and data steward requirements
  • Roadmapping new infrastructure to automate and scale processes for export releases from independent researchers across languages (R, Python, etc.) and research domains
  • Reviewing and contributing to negotiations on data sharing agreements with data steward agencies
  • Designing and training two teams in new project management and documentation approaches
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics
Analyst / Programmer III
Sept. 2018 - Jan. 2021

I helped to build “Arcus,” a platform that links clinical and biological data and provide world-class computational tools to solve the most challenging problems in child health. The Arcus team integrates with major scientific initiatives across the lifespan, rare diseases, novel devices and therapeutics, and precision health.

This work drew on expertise in biomedical science, library science, data education, data science, cloud computing, data privacy, and security; and involves developing and implementing innovative software and applications that solve problems in the collection, management, analysis and interpretation of biomedical, genomic and clinical data.

  • Conceive, design, implement and disseminate reusable open source and proprietary software and application products.
  • Evaluate, adopt and use multiple technologies to create innovative solutions that have a high impact on data-intensive clinical and translational research.
  • Serve as a technical team lead in a highly matrixed research environment, including technical project lead on multidisciplinary teams including clinicians and biomedical researchers.
  • Mentor junior staff and trainees (fellows, post-docs). Interact with Hospital Information Solutions applications and technology staff to identify and implement optimal computing infrastructure.
  • Write automated unit and functional tests of complex application logic while adhering to principles and best practices of containerization and continuous integration and deployment.
  • Document code and generate appropriate technical and user documentation for software and applications.
  • Manage large, complex projects, bearing responsibility for major components of larger research initiatives
Princeton University
Contract Data Scientist

Data Scientist consultant for a collaboration between Princeton University Libraries and the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, to develop a semi-supervised workflow for cleaning and classifying library borrower records.

Price Lab for Digital Humanities, The University of Pennsylvania
Contract Data Science instructor
2017, 2018

Designer and primary instructor of novel, concept-focused two-day workshops on Python for faculty and graduate student researchers.

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries
Council for Library and Information Resources Bollinger Fellow in Library Innovation (Data Scientist)
Jan. 2017 - Sept. 2018
  • Data Scientist tasked with designing and bringing new analysis approaches, privacy protection techniques and policies, and education approaches into the Libraries and adjacent organizations.
  • Administrated R User Group for faculty, graduate students, and staff
The University of Oregon
Teaching Fellow, Research Fellow
Sept. 2011 - Dec. 2016
  • Architect and lead developer of novel LAMP-stack privacy-promoting research participant recruitment system for Department of Psychology
  • Provided programming support for multiple social science research labs
  • Taught Graduate Statistics, Advanced Undergraduate Statistics, and Research Design
  • Developed research data management materials for faculty and graduate students in natural and social sciences, tracking changes in data management requirements and best practices for research data management, evaluating and developing technical systems and tools for data management, and supporting the University of Oregon Library System’s data management advisory group.
The Veterans Health Research Institute / San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Staff Research Associate II
Sept. 2010 - Jul. 2011

Architect and author of research participant recruitment database for PTSD research lab

Presentations and Publications

  • Taylor, M., Mottweiler, C.M., Aguiar, N.R., Naylor, E.R., & Levernier, J.G. (2020). “Paracosms: The Imaginary Worlds of Middle Childhood.” Child Development 91(1), e164-e178. doi: 10.1111/cdev.13162.
  • Wacha, Heather, and Jacob Levernier (2019). Cartography and code: Incorporating automation in the exploration of medieval mappaemundi. Digital Medievalist 12(1): 4, pp. 1–29.
  • Alfano, M., Higgins, A., & Levernier, J.G. (2019). Mapping human values: Enhancing social marketing through obituary data-mining. In L. Kahle & E. Attay (eds.), Social and Cultural Values in a Global and Digital Age.
  • Levernier, J.G. (2018, October). Creating self-updating reports from 5 to 5000 datapoints: Using R and R Markdown in a library workflow. Talk presented at Digital Library Federation Forum conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Ahnberg, K. (Presenting), Armstrong, D.R., de la Cruz Gutiérrez, M., Larrivee, A., Levernier, J. (Presenting), & Sarno, A.L. (2018, October). Data Stewardship and Patron Privacy: Facilitating action within your library. Talk presented at Digital Library Federation Forum conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Wacha, H. & Levernier, J.G. (2018, May). Incorporating automation in the exploration of medieval mappamundi using the veccompare package for R. Invited talk for the Library of Congress' Topics in Preservation Series.
  • Alfano, M., Higgins, A. & Levernier, J. (2018). Identifying virtues and values through obituary data-mining. Journal of Value Inquiry. doi:10.1007/s10790-017-9602-0.
  • Himmelstein, D.S., Romero, A.R., Levernier, J.G., Munro, T.A., McLaughlin, S.R., Greshake Tzovaras, B., & Greene, C.S. (2018). Sci-Hub provides access to nearly all scholarly literature. PeerJ Preprints, 6:e3100v3.
  • Levernier, J.G., Borghi, J., Quinless, J., & Thompson, M.S. (2017, October). Surveying the landscape of data governance and ethics. Panel discussion, Digital Library Federation Forum conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Levernier, J.G. (2017, October). Photographing books at an intentional keystone using fiducial markers. Lightning talk presented at the Digital Library Federation Forum conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Wacha, H.G., & Levernier, J.G. (2017, September). Cartography and code: Incorporating automation in the exploration of medieval mappamundi. Paper presented at BH & DH: Book History and Digital Humanities: A conference for the history of print & digital culture.
  • Levernier, J.G. (2016). The Axiology of Necrologies: Using Natural Language Processing to Examine Values in Obituaries (Dissertation). University of Oregon.
  • Alfano, M., Iurino, K., & Levernier, J.G. (2015, May). Constructing and Validating a Scale of Intellectual Humility. Presentation at John Templeton Foundation Intellectual Humility conference.
  • Taylor, M., Mottweiler, C.M., Naylor, E.R., & Levernier, J.G. (2015). Imaginary worlds in middle childhood: A case study of two pairs of coordinated paracosms. Creativity Research Journal. doi:10.1080/10400419.2015.1030318
  • Levernier, J. G., Alfano, M., & Higgins, A. (2015, February). Speaking Well of the Dead. Poster presented at Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference.
  • Eanes, R., Pittman, M., & Levernier, J. G. (2015, February). Secrets in Plain Sight: Mining Datasets in the Social Sciences. Panel discussion on data ethics, Graduate School Research Forum, University of Oregon.
  • Levernier, J. G. (2014, February). The Dirt on Data: Data Management Fundamentals. Poster presented at Graduate School Research Forum, University of Oregon.
  • Alfano, M., & Levernier, J. G. (2013, December). Speaking Well of the Dead. Presentation invited by San Francisco State University Department of Philosophy.
  • Levernier, J. G., Mottweiler, C. M., & Taylor M. (2013, July). The Creation of Imaginary Worlds in Middle Childhood. Paper presented at Making Sense of: Play, an Inter-Disciplinary.Net conference.
  • Levernier, J. G., Magid, A. J., Kloeris, M. P., & O’Sullivan, M. (2010, April). Upon My Soul, a Wicked Lie: Emotional Reactions to Lying. Poster presented at Western Psychological Association conference.
  • Delegate, National Conference on Ethics in America, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, 2009. Selected by Dean of College of Arts and Sciences as the sole representative of University of San Francisco at the United States Military Academy’s undergraduate conference on Ethics.

Selected projects



  • Wacha, Heather G., and Jacob G. Levernier. (2017). Toponym Sets for Medieval Mappamundi, transcribed and normalized (version e25c8) [Data file].
  • Levernier, J.G. (2016): The Axiology of Necrologies: Using Natural Language Processing to Examine Values in Obituaries (Dissertation Code and Limited Data). University of Oregon. Software.