Emily Glassberg Sands

Head of Data Science, Coursera

Emily Glassberg Sands is Head of Data Science at Coursera, the world’s leading platform for higher education where over 35 million global learners come to advance their skills in courses and degrees offered by more than 170 university and industry partners including Yale, Stanford, and Google. Her team builds the statistical models and machine learning algorithms that power content discovery and help scale an engaging and personalized learning experience; leads the quantitative measurement, experimentation, and inference that informs Coursera's product, business, and content strategy; and develops the analytics and direct data access for Coursera’s university partners and enterprise customers. Emily holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard and a B.A. from Princeton. Her academic research blends experimentation, econometrics, and machine learning approaches to better understand labor markets and consumer decision-making, and has been featured in the popular press including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and National Public Radio.