Alumnus Schwabish writes book on research presentation
Jonathan Schwabish ’02 MA (Econ)/’03 PhD
(Econ) has written Elevate the Debate: A
Multilayered Approach to Communicating Your Research (Wiley, 2020).
Schwabish, currently a senior fellow in the Income
and Benefits Policy Center at the Urban Institute, is a specialist in data
visualization and presentation design. His research focuses on earnings and
income inequality, disability insurance, retirement security, data measurement,
and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. In Elevate the Debate, Schwabish discusses strategies researchers can
use to communicate their work in both traditional and digital media. Each
chapter focuses on a single communication strategy in order to help scholars and
analysts better disseminate their research and ensure that it impacts public
In addition to his work at the Urban
Institute, Schwabish is the founder of PolicyVIz, a consulting firm helping
clients improve their analysis and communication of data, and host of the PolicyViz Podcast. Elevate the Debate is his second book; he is also the author of Better Presentations: A Guide for Scholars,
Researchers, and Wonks (Columbia University Press, 2016). Schwabish was
previously principal analyst at the Congressional Budget Office, a role he held
for nine years, and senior director of the Partnership for New York City.
You can read more about Elevate the Debate on the publisher’s web page.