PhD Student

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

I’m a 2nd year PhD student at MIT in the IT group at Sloan. If you don’t know what that means, you’re not alone! My mom still can’t describe it to her friends, so I’ve told her to say, “he studies how we can use machine learning and statistics to improve scientific methodology and learn about human behavior.” If her friends have more questions, she’s instructed to say, “he works at the intersection of economics and machine learning.” If they keep asking, she runs away and hides.

Before I continue, let me state how wildly narcissistic it is that I, along with most academics, have these self-aggrandizing websites. Now, back to me!

I am currently pursuing research in two highly related but distinct areas: (1) attempts at automating the social scientific process from hypothesis generation to experimentation to data analysis, and (2) determining what, how, and when we can learn about humans from generative AI and machine learning models. In general, I am excited about exploring the intersection of behavioral economics, causal inference, and machine learning.

In my free time, you can find me writing almost funny vignettes on my website, hiking slowly, cycling through traffic, playing soccer almost at the D-III level, reading/napping, playing Settlers of Catan, talking to my houseplants, trying to cook, noodling on the guitar/uke, traveling, or simply spending time with friends.

P.S. and P.S.A. As an (aspiring) academic, I have strong opinions about almost everything - especially topics I know nothing about (like politics). Despite what some would describe as an “intense and obstinate” personality, I am an advocate for viewpoint diversity (even viewpoints I hate, of which there are many, sooooo many). I am a member of Jonathan Haidt’s Heterodox Academy, a nonpartisan, nonprofit group dedicated to promoting open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement in higher education. I believe that the continuing success and independence of our universities, research, and teaching depend on upholding these values. If you have questions about this organization or my stated membership, message me! However, if you disagree with anything I’ve said or have a problem with this organization/my membership, don’t message me! I kid, I kid, DEFINITELY STILL MESSAGE ME - let’s talk it out :)

Interests

  • Experimental Economics
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Machine Learning
  • Causal Inference

Education

  • Ph.D., Management Science & Information Technology, 2022 - Present

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • S.M., Management Research, 2022 - Present

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Master of Public Policy, 2019 - 2021

    Harvard Kennedy School

  • B.A., Applied Mathematics, 2013 - 2017

    Washington University in St. Louis