Research Passions: “frum” media, Jewish history, sports, education
Barak Hagler is an associate researcher at the Center for Communal Research. He supports the senior staff of the Center in all aspects of the research process, including survey creation, administration, and analysis.
Barak believes in the critical blend of quantitative and qualitative research done at the Center because he knows that you can’t tell a good story without precise details and a compelling narrative.
Using the left side of his brain, Barak passed the P and FM actuarial exams and was a vice president of his college sports analytics club. Using the right side of his brain, Barak was a writing center tutor in college and has had articles published in his college’s paper, the weekly magazine Inyan, and at Refuat Hanefesh.
Barak graduated summa cum laude from Yeshiva University in 2020. He received a BA in Economics with a math concentration and was awarded a departmental award for excellence in economics.
In his down time, Barak enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, and when he feels the creative spirit possess him, writing. Barak is a baseball (go Yankees!) and basketball (go Nets!) fan, and in another lifetime would be a sports broadcaster. Barak is also a Baal Koreh, and staunchly believes in the study of Nach. His favorite Perush is the Malbim.
Born and bred in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Barak and his wife Shira currently reside in Hillside, New Jersey.