About me

I am a research fellow at Open Philanthropy on the global health & well-being cause prioritization team. My work generally involves investigating possible new cause areas where Open Philanthropy may make grants in the future.

In 2023, I am also a Tarbell Fellow. During the fellowship, I am focusing on public-facing writing on global health and development. My work has been published in Works in Progress and The Washington Post (1, 2).

In my copious spare time, I am a QI elf (one of the writers of @qikipedia as well as other QI products) and a geopolitical risk consultant to GeoQuant. Otherwise, I am generally being bullied by my cat, Lyra.

Prior to joining OP, I was a PhD student in political science at the University of California, San Diego. My research focused on violence and how it influences the development of the societies in which it occurs. My work has been supported by the Gates Foundation, the Sanford Lakoff Fellowship and UCSD's International Institute.

In 2020-2021, I was a Graduate Researcher at Ericsson Research. During this time, I filed two patents on privacy and accessibility in virtual reality with Paul McLachlan and Greg Phillips.

During my misspent youth, I worked in astrophysics. I hold a MS in physics from UCSD, where I was a San Diego Fellow and Sloan Minority PhD Scholar, and a BS in physics from Caltech. At both institutions, I worked with George Fuller on theoretical neutrino physics and cosmology.

For more information about my interests and research, see my research page.