I'm a PhD candidate in the political science department at MIT, where I'm completing a dissertation on how the design of public policies can promote, or undermine, trust in government. Starting July 2020, I will be a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
With the help of large-scale RCTs, survey experiments and field work in the United States, Sweden and Australia, I study questions related to 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 public policy, behavioral science, public administration and economics.
My prior field experience includes work with homeless populations, refugees, abused women, ex-prisoners, and exploited workers in Scandinavia, Latin America and the US. I have helped teach an 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, 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, work 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, the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University, the MIT Political Experiments Research Lab, and the Harvard STAR Lab. I am also a recipient of the Alice Freeman Palmer Graduate Fellowship awarded by Wellesley College, and was recently awarded the Prince Bertil Prize by the Sweden-America Foundation.