I'm Olivia, and I study social policy, taxation design and how citizens view government in their everyday lives. I'm a political scientist in training at MIT, but my research also draws on insights from psychology, behavioral economics and data science.
My dissertation project involves running survey experiments and randomized control trials in the public policy sphere in various advanced, industrialized countries. My prior field experience includes work with homeless populations, refugees, abused women, ex-prisoners, and exploited workers in Scandinavia, Latin America and the United States. I have helped teach an MIT undergraduate course on European Politics, as well as a JPAL Executive Education Course on Evaluating Social Programs. I'm also 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 ongoing work is generously supported by the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University. I am also a recipient of the Alice Freeman Palmer Graduate Fellowship, and was recently awarded the Prince Bertil Prize by the Sweden-America Foundation.