Kirk is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Stanford and a data scientist at the Immigration Policy Lab, where he provides support on statistical analysis, experimental design, data management, and programming tasks for IPL research projects. His own research within IPL has focused on refugee resettlement in the United States and the asylum regime in Europe.
In addition to immigration policy, his primary research interests are in experimental design and analysis, international political economy, public opinion, and computational social science. He holds an M.S. in statistics from Stanford, an M.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School (Tufts), and a B.A. in anthropology from Harvard University.