Amanda Luby

I am an Assistant Professor of Statistics at Swarthmore College, on sabbatical for the 22/23 academic year. I primarily work on statistical methods for understanding complex decision-making, often using Bayesian tools. Right now, my work focuses on adapting and advocating for Item Response Theory-flavored models for forensic science, particularly in fingerprint analysis.

I’m also interested in statistics pedagogy, particularly in trying to better understand (and fix!) misconceptions among introductory students, and better integrating computing, applications, and theory in upper-level courses.

I’m currently seeking new collaborations in the social and criminal justice space. Please get in touch if you’d like to work together on a quantitative project in this realm.


  • July 2022: Presenting at the International Meeting of the Psychometric Society

  • August 2022: Presenting at the Joint Statistical Meetings

  • AY 22/23: I’m on research leave!

  • Oct-Nov 2022: Visiting the Netherlands Forensic Institute

Recent (ish):

  • April 2022: ``Think-aloud interviews: A tool for exploring student statistical reasoning” was accepted for publication at JSDSE!

  • Feb 2022: Presented ``Measuring Proficiency Among Latent Print Examiners: A Statistical Approach From Standardized Testing” at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Scientific Conference

  • Sept 2021: Gave the Center for Practice and Research at the Intersection of Information, Society, and Methodology (PRIISM) Seminar at New York University

  • Gave the April 2021 CSAFE webinar (nearly 400 registrants!)