Ben Holden is a Data Science Graduate Student at the University of Colorado - Boulder, as well as a Suffolk University alum where he studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economy (PPE). Since beginning his college career, he has spent a number of years as an assisting researcher focusing on globalization and economics. He also dedicated time to analyzing the American workers and automation, while depicting the causes behind market disruptions and workforce displacement. He has held various positions in institutions such as the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, The Beacon Hill Institute, and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
Ben has shared stories, including with the New York Times Magazine, about how aligning right-of-center and being a member of the LGBTQ community creates often stirring interactions with other conservatives who believe they’re on the same page. He is mostly liberal on social issues, but believes solutions are best derived in a symbiosis between a free market and limited but effective government. Having undergone an evolution, he disapproves of ideological purity, partisanship, and polarization, and is therefore skeptical of most forms of activism. He believes that problems are best solved by working in the private sector, and is currently completing his Master of Science in Data Science out in Colorado.