I’m an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh with a secondary appointment at the Department of Economics. I received my PhD in Economics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 2010. Before Caltech I was a computer scientist at Adobe Systems. Here’s a link to my CV.

I want to understand how our social environment affects our motivation to do ‘the right thing’. This curiosity has taken shape in a wide variety of research questions. For example,why do volunteers work longer in certain group settings? Can competition incentivize social service clients to better utilize services ? Do donors choose how much to give to avoid being different from other donors ? My papers often use a theoretical framework to combine lab experiments and field experiments with nonprofits and social service providers.

In Fall 2014 I will be teaching Microeconomics, Game Theory and Behavioral Economics, and Quantitative Methods II. To see some of our students’ creative application of theory to case studies, click here. I will be on full time research in Spring 2014.