Dariya Tsyrenzhapova has a BA and an MA from the University of Missouri. She was a Dow Jones Data Journalism Fellow and worked with American University's Investigative Reporting Workshop to analyze campaign finance data for The Accountability Project. She interned at NPR's Investigations Desk in Washington, D.C. While a reporter for the Columbia Missourian, she wrote an investigative series about sex offender registration laws, which was a finalist for an IRE Award in 2018. Dariya spent five years working at the Open Society Foundations in Kazakhstan. For her Ph.D., Dariya is interested in studying the intersection of political communication and Big Data while utilizing computational science to find facts in large-scale data sets.