I’m Rob Arthur, a freelance journalist, consultant, and statistician. This is my website and blog, where I’ll put essays and personal writing that doesn’t fit elsewhere.
The blog will be updated at irregular intervals. So, if you’re interested, I would encourage you to subscribe to receive updates (form at the right of this page) or follow me on Twitter (@No_Little_Plans).
I write about baseball (for Baseball Prospectus and The Athletic), criminal justice, other sports, science, and whatever else I’m interested in. At my blog, the last category has included movies, more science, more baseball, and assorted other topics.
My background is as an evolutionary geneticist. I finished my PhD in 2015 from the University of Chicago, while also writing for Baseball Prospectus. Around the same time, I started a gig writing for FiveThirtyEight about baseball. After working in a cancer research lab at the University of Chicago Medical Center for about a year, I decided to quit my postdoctoral fellowship position to become a full-time journalist.
In March 2018, I left FiveThirtyEight to go freelance. I’ve since consulted for an MLB baseball team and other companies, as well as written at places like the Intercept and VICE News.
Make No Little Plans, for they have no power to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency…
Let your watchword be order and your beacon beauty.
-Daniel Burnham, maybe.