I am a research scientist in the Scalable Cooperation Group at the MIT Media Lab. I am also affiliated with the Kennedy School’s Belfer Center and the Center for the Environment at Harvard University and am the Human-Environmental Systems Fellow in the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
I received my PhD in political science in 2016 from the University of California San Diego. In my work, I combine my interests in climate change, politics, and human behavior with my affinity for social scientific and computational methods.
One branch of my research focuses on climate change attitudes. A recent project examined the role of collective versus personal responsibility in climate-related political behaviors
. Another investigates how climate change political attitudes
may be altered by exposure to extreme weather. I have also identified political hurdles to climate policies
in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The second branch of my research explores the societal impacts of climate change. I have studied the potential for climatic changes to alter rates of democratic turnover and human sleep, mood, and physical activity patterns.