Iris Zhang is a Research and Program Associate in the Democracy Program focusing on campaign finance reform. Prior to joining the Brennan Center in May, 2016, Iris was an intern for the Center's Democracy Program, a statistics intern with the New York Attorney General’s Civil Rights Bureau and a research intern with the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.
At the University of Pennsylvania, Iris focused on the application of mixed methods to study social issues with civil rights implications. Her senior thesis used mapping and fixed effects models to assess the disparate socioeconomic effects of prison building on urban and rural communities from 1960 to 2010 in New York State. She graduated in May 2016 with a major in Sociology (quantitative methods) and minors in Statistics, Gender Studies, and Japanese. Iris is from Hong Kong.