Mickey Rafa, M.A.


B.A. Political Science & International Studies, West Virginia University, 2011

M.A. International Studies, University of Denver, 2013

M.S. Business Analytics, University of Denver, 2017

Mickey Rafa joined the IFs team in December 2011 as a graduate student at Korbel. During his time at the Pardee Center, Mickey has contributed across a variety of research projects that include data creation (measuring membership in intergovernmental organizations across time), exploratory data analysis (evaluating new data on human trafficking by origin, destination, and type), and development trends analysis and forecasting. Mickey’s primary research focus is on the subnational projects of the Pardee Center in South Africa (with the Western Cape Government) and Uganda (with USAID/The Learning Contract). In 2017, Mickey led original research on exploring methods for developing subnational GDP estimates in Uganda using satellite imagery. His current professional interests include data visualization, complex data analysis (including text and geospatial), and using R for various data science applications.


Phone: 303.871.6673