Jamie Saxon at the Harris School

About Me

I am a postdoctoral fellow with the economics group of the Harris School of Public Policy and the Center for Spatial Data Science, at the University of Chicago.

I study the social and spatial networks of American neighborhoods. I use large datasets to measure mobility between and among urban spaces, and to evaluate the accessibility and use of public resources. I have also worked on compactness as a tool for districting reform (gerrymandering).

I am committed to developing computational infrastructures for the social sciences, and have taught the introduction to the programming sequence for Harris MPP students. This fall, I am teaching introductory statistics in Harris's core.

I was trained as a particle physicist and came to Harris/CSDS from the Enrico Fermi Institute where I was an Enrico Fermi Fellow on the ATLAS Experiment on CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. I worked for many years on electronics and firmware for measuring and reconstructing particle trajectories. As a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, I made noteworthy contributions to the discovery and first measurements of the Higgs Boson in the two-photon channel.

My CV is here; you can also find me on LinkedIn or GitHub.


James Saxon, Daniel Snow, A Rational Agent Model for the Spatial Accessibility of Primary Health Care. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 2019.

James Saxon, Reviving Legislative Avenues for Gerrymandering Reform with a Flexible, Automated Tool. Accepted at Political Analysis.

Working Papers

James Saxon, The Local Structures of Human Mobility in Chicago. Revise and resubmit at Environment and Planning B.

James Saxon, Empirical Measures of Park Use in American Cities, and the Demographic Biases of Spatial Models. (Submitted.)

Selected Publications in Physics

ATLAS Collaboration, Search for Higgs Boson Pair Production in the γγbb̅ Final State Using pp Collision Data at √s = 8 TeV from the ATLAS Detector. Phys. Rev. Lett. 114 (Feb. 2015), 081802.

ATLAS Collaboration, Measurements of fiducial and differential cross sections for Higgs boson production in the diphoton decay channel at √s=8 TeV with ATLAS. JHEP 1409 (2014) 112.

ATLAS Collaboration, Measurements of Higgs boson production and couplings in diboson final states with the ATLAS detector at the LHC. Physics Letters B, 726 (2013).

ATLAS Collaboration, Differential cross sections of the Higgs boson measured in the diphoton decay channel using 8 TeV pp collisions, ATLAS-CONF-2013-072, CERN, Geneva, Jul, 2013.

ATLAS Collaboration, Observation of a new particle in the search for the Standard Model Higgs boson with the ATLAS detector at the LHC, Phys.Lett. B716 (2012) 1–29.

ATLAS Collaboration, Search for the Standard Model Higgs Boson in the Diphoton Decay Channel with 4.9 fb⁻¹ of pp Collision Data at √s = 7 TeV with ATLAS Phys. Rev. Lett. 108 (2012), 111803.

ATLAS TRT Collaboration, The ATLAS TRT electronics, JINST 3 (2008) P06007.

ATLAS TRT Collaboration, The ATLAS TRT barrel detector, JINST 3 (2008) P02014.

ATLAS TRT Collaboration, The ATLAS TRT end-cap detectors, JINST 3 (2008) P10003.


Email: jsaxon@uchicago.edu

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