Brianna Heggeseth


Statistician and data scientist
MSCS Department @ Macalester College


Associate Professor of Statistics
2020-present | Macalester College

Assistant Professor of Statistics
2018-2020 | Macalester College

Assistant Professor of Statistics
2013-2018 | Williams College


PhD in Statistics
2013 | University of California Berkeley

BA in Math with Statistics concentration
2008 | Saint Olaf College


My primary research interests lie broadly in the study of statistical models and machine learning algorithms and their application in practice. Recently, I have collaborated with colleagues in social psychology, environmental epidemiology, and genetic biology. My statistical methodology work has focused on uncovering group structure and patterns in longitudinal data through clustering analysis techniques, probability models, as well as data mining approaches.

As a teacher, my goal is to empower students to be curious and question the world around them, to construct a convincing argument and make decisions in the midst of uncertainty, tackle and solve difficult problems, and to take ownership of their learning and their life. I strive to design my courses and cultivate inclusive and equitable classroom dynamics so that every student, no matter their background or identity, can be empowered to succeed and thrive in our world.

The best part of my job is working with students! If you are a student (or educator) who would like to chat about opportunities in the field of statistics, biostatistics, or data science, and why I love working in it, please get in touch!

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I’m from North Dakota, ya, you betcha. Fun Fact: Heggeset is the name of a farm in Norway where my husband’s family came from. I have a bit of Norwegian in me as well (from near Stavanger) so we carry on some of those cultural traditions and make lefse at home every Christmas time.

I love cooking and eating good food. I maintained a cooking blog for family and friends that describe our adventures making food from scratch during graduate school in Berkeley. My husband and I tried to make our own bread, pasta, and even beer. With kids, we don’t blog about our food adventures anymore.

I have played the violin since I was 7 years old and enjoy finding opportunities to play in the community. I met my husband in the St. Olaf Orchestra (we call it “Orchie Love”).

I enjoy cooking, baking, swimming, and running.

Get in Touch


Office: Olin-Rice Science Center, Room 125

Address: 1600 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105

Phone: 651-696-6448