Vishesh Karwa
Statistics, Operations, and Data Science
Assistant Professor
  • Office Location 1810 Liacouras Walk, Room 377


Dr. Vishesh Karwa is an Assistant Professor of Statistical Science.

He joins the Fox School from The Ohio State University, where he served in the Department of Statistics. He previously served two years as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Center for Research and Computation for Society and one year at Carnegie Mellon University.

His research interests include data privacy; causal inference under network interference; social network models; algebraic statistics and computational methods for intractable likelihoods, among others.

Karwa earned his PhD in Statistics from The Pennsylvania State University, where he also attained a Master of Science in Transportation Engineering. He received a Bachelor of Technology in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.

Research Areas

  • Causal inference
  • Data privacy
  • Social network analysis
  • Algebraic statistics


    • Ph.D., Statistics , The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
    • M.S., Transportation Engineering, August 2009 , The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
    • B.Tech., Civil and Environmental Engineering, June 2007, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal, India


    • Jul 2018 – present, Assistant Professor of statistics, Temple University.
    • September 2017 – Jun 2018, Assistant Professor of statistics, The Ohio State University
    • September 2014 -Aug 2017, postdoctoral Fellow, Harverd University
    • June 2010 – May 2016, postdoctoral Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University.

    Sample Publications

    • Karwa, V., Slavkovic, A. (2016), “Inference using noisy degrees: Differentially private β-model and synthetic graphs”, The Annals of Statistics
    • Karwa, V., Slavkovic, A., Donnell, E.T. (2011) “Causal Inference in Transportation” Safety Studies: Comparison of Potential Outcomes and Causal Bayesian Networks. The Annals of Applied Statistics.
    • Karwa, V., Raskhodnikova, S., Smith, A., Yaroslavtsev, G. (2011).“Private Analysis of Graph Structure, Proceedings of Very Large Data Bases”.
    • Altman, N., Wang, Q., Karwa, V. and Slavkovic, A. (2010). “Resolving Isoform Expression using Digital gene Expression Data. Journal of Indian Society of Agri cultural Statistics.” Special Issue on Statistical Genomics. Vol. 64, Issue 1, pages 19-31