I recently got my PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where I wrote a political science dissertation on how the design of public policies can promote, or undermine, trust in government. Since July 2020, I'm a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and the Center for Decision Research.
With the help of large-scale RCTs, survey experiments and field work in the United States, Sweden and Australia, I study social policy delivery, taxation design, public-private partnerships, and how citizens view government in their everyday lives.
I take particular interest in seemingly innocuous "micro design" factors—e.g., those shaping the process by which benefits are claimed, or the salience of the government's role—which can affect citizens' attitudes about the costs and benefits of government. This research draws on political science as well as insights from behavioral science, public policy, public administration and economics.
My field experience includes, most recently, helping Australia's largest bank make it easier for millions of low-income customers to claim government benefits, and prior work with unhoused populations, refugees, women experiencing abuse, formerly incarcerated individuals, and exploited workers in the US, Scandinavia and Latin America. I've helped teach the MIT undergraduate course on European Politics, as well as the JPAL Executive Education Course on Evaluating Social Programs. I'm also a visiting scholar at The People Lab at UC Berkeley, an affiliated researcher of Misum at the Stockholm School of Economics, and a member of the Harvard STAR Lab.
Before joining MIT, I worked as a research and policy associate at the Community Training and Assistance Center in Boston, where I focused on civil society and education policy. Prior to that, I graduated summa cum laude from Wellesley College with a BA in Peace and Justice Studies, Spanish and Psychology. My degree includes studies of European law at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid, running laboratory studies at the MIT Behavioral Research Lab, and field research on civil war and gang violence in Central America.
My work has been generously supported by MIT, Harvard University's Center for European Studies, the MIT Political Experiments Research Lab, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and the Harvard STAR Lab. I received the Alice Freeman Palmer Graduate Fellowship awarded by Wellesley College, and was recently awarded the Prince Bertil Prize by the Sweden-America Foundation.