Ismail Yigit is a data analyst post-doctoral associate at Mississippi State University’s Social Science Research Center (SSRC). His research interests include health and educational disparities, racial and ethnic inequality, immigration and refugee studies, data analyses, data management, and data visualization techniques. Currently, he works on the Child Health & Development Project: Mississippi Thrive! that is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The HRSA project was designed to create and implement a high-quality statewide system for early childhood developmental health promotion, screening, and referral that will improve outcomes for Mississippi’s children and serve as a model for other high-need states. The second project that he works on is the Mississippi KIDS COUNT data center and annual fact book that is funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. For this project, he frequently accesses and analyzes data from relevant sources, such as the Census Bureau, American Community Surveys, and the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. He gathers data from a range of sources and providing it to both stakeholders and the public.
Previously, Ismail has worked on the Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi, Get2College, and the Mississippi Association of Grantmakers grants as a data analyst at the center. He has been working at the SSRC since 2016 in various capacities. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Sociology from Mississippi State University with a specialization in Social Inequalities.