I’m Dan Bouk and I am writing a book called Democracy’s Data and How to Read It. It’s about the stories that census records can tell about Americans, their families, and the nation. It is about learning to read data in a new way, almost the way one reads a novel, or learns to interpret architecture.

On this blog, I’m sharing some of my discoveries as I go.

I enjoy most explaining how institutions and practices that look boring, actually work to reshape our lives. That’s what motivated my first book: How Our Days Became Numbered, now in paperback!

Can’t wait to learn more about the census? The best place to start is this book by historian Margo Anderson!