I apply social science to help companies become more diverse. I do it mostly with Scott E. Page.
We help clients quantitatively assess their internal diversity, identify institutional and cultural pivot points that contribute to reduced diversity, inclusion, and engagement, and help firms compare their performance to those of peer firms and relative to talent labor markets. Together, we set measurable benchmarks and targets and -- much more importantly -- blend evidence on best practices with our quantitative discoveries for that firm to adopt solutions that work for each organization.
And as the great field of Complexity reminds us: We don't have to be afraid of uncertainty!
Complex systems is going to save us all!
How? Wait until I finish updating this page to find out! YEAH!
My life mission is to bring the many joys (and challenges) of political science and social scientific thinking to ye olde masses. I also realize most people don't even know what political science is. Here's my short answer: An attempt to understand qualitative problems of politics through a scientific lens.
I started a blog called Political Science Bitches to share some examples of interesting political science research. I also host an interdisciplinary podcast called Data Science Demystified, which is supported by the Moore Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, and NYU.
From 2013-16 I was Assistant Professor of Political Science at New York University Shanghai. I was their Founding Director of Integrated Social Science, which was the first new major in the NYU Global University and the first major of its kind in China. I also piloted NYU's first global online course -- on Complexity -- which I taught to students across four continents.
For all my love of political science and social science broadly, I also love all science, and believe we don't spend enough time talking to one another. To remedy this, at NYU Shanghai I founded a popular university-wide faculty speaker series and ran it for two years (it now lives on without me!). We had faculty from biology, computer science, visual arts, literature, history, mathematics, engineering, and much more share their work each week.
Before all that I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University. I earned my Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where I was also affiliated with the outstanding Center for the Study of Complex Systems. Scott E. Page, Robert Axelrod, Jenna Bednar, and Philip B. K. Potter were my advisors and I am forever indebted to them.
My research focuses on the role of information as it affects group adaptability. I conduct a mix of research on:
1) Evolutionary institutional adaptability (including on culture and institutions with my coauthors and former dissertation advisors and always life advisors, Jenna Bednar and Scott E. Page).
2) Censorship, especially in authoritarian systems.
3) The spread of information and how humans are weird and limit it in interesting ways.
You can find links to my research publications in the Writing section of this site.