Edward Miguel – Faculty Director
Edward Miguel is Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley and Faculty Director of the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA). His main research focus is African economic development, including work on the economic causes and consequences of violence; the impact of ethnic divisions on local collective action; and interactions between health, education, environment, and productivity for the poor. He has conducted field work in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and India. Miguel is a Faculty Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and an Associate Editor at the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Development Economics, and the Review of Economics and Statistics. He is a recipient of the 2005 Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, winner of the 2005 Kenneth J. Arrow Prize, and recipient of the 2012 U.C. Berkeley campus-wide Distinguished Teaching Award. He is author with Ray Fisman of Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence and the Poverty of Nations (Princeton University Press 2008), and author of Africa’s Turn? (MIT Press 2009). Miguel earned S.B. degrees in both Economics and Mathematics from MIT, and received a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow.
Jennifer Sturdy splits her time between BITSS and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). At MCC, she spearheads several transparency initiatives, including the establishment of the MCC Evaluation Catalog and the MCC Disclosure Review Board for releasing de-identified, public use micro-data. Sturdy also instituted several internal protocols for strengthening the design and implementation of the MCC independent evaluation portfolio. Before MCC, she spent six years as a consultant for the World Bank, working on several large-scale impact evaluations in the health sector. She completed her MA in International and Development Economics at the University of San Francisco. Email: jennifer.sturdy[at]berkeley[dot]edu
Katie manages the BITSS MOOC, Catalyst program, and BITSS Preprints in addition to supporting grant management, fundraising, partnership development, communications, and event coordination. Before joining CEGA, she served as a Borlaug Fellow in Global Food Security studying savings-led microfinance and farmer-centered innovation initiatives in Cambodia. She has also supported an environmental impact assessment of California almonds and the revision of the Urban Forest Project Protocol for the California carbon market after interning with the Food Chain Workers Alliance and the Los Angeles Food Policy Council. Katie holds an MSc in International Agricultural Development from UC Davis and a BSc in Environmental Science from UCLA. Email: khoeberling[at]berkeley[dot]edu
Aleksandar Bogdanoski – Program Associate
Aleks’s work at BITSS facilitates the introduction of transparency norms in journal review procedures. Before joining CEGA and BITSS, Aleks worked as a research consultant on anti-corruption research projects with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and US Agency for International Development (USAID). He also interned with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina. He holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of York and Central European University. Email: abogdanoski[at]berkeley[dot]edu
Fernando Hoces de la Guardia – Postdoctoral Scholar
Fernando Hoces de la Guardia is a postdoctoral scholar with BITSS, leading the development of a broad agenda for transparency and reproducibility for policy analysis. He has also supported BITSS-led trainings in the past including a series of Catalyst workshops in South America in October 2017. Fernando received his PhD in Policy Analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School where his dissertation focused on increasing the transparency and reproducibility of policy analysis as a way to strengthen connections between policy and evidence. Before RAND, he studied economics and worked in public policy conducting impact evaluations and economic analysis of various social policies.
Soazic Elise Wang Sonne – Visiting Scholar, Summer & Fall 2017
Soazic Elise Wang Sonne is a PhD candidate in Economics and Governance at the United Nations University (UNU-MERIT). She holds a double engineering degree (Msc & Bsc) in statistics and applied economics from the Sub-regional Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics (ISSEA) of Central Africa in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Elise also has an MSc in Program Evaluation and Sustainable Development from the University of Rennes 1. Her research interest lies in the application of micro-econometric impact evaluation techniques to understand which interventions work better to increase women’s empowerment, labor-saving technology adoption, and children’s health and schooling attainment in Sub-Saharan Africa, specifically in Cameroon, the DRC, Liberia, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and Angola.
While at UC Berkeley, Elise is working on assessing the inter-generational impact of the 1989-2003 Liberian civil war on the health outcomes of children under five years old. She will also investigate the mediated and moderated effects of a cash transfer intervention in Cameroon on children’s health, schooling attainment, and multidimensional poverty.
Stefano DellaVigna (2002 Ph.D., Harvard) is the Daniel Koshland, Sr. Distinguished Professor of Economics and Professor of Business Administration at the University of California, Berkeley. He specializes in Behavioral Economics and has published in international journals such as the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. He has been a Principal Investigator for NSF Grants (2004-07 and 2016-18), an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow for 2008-10, and is a Distinguished Teaching Award winner (2008). He has been a co-editor of the American Economic Review since 2017. His recent work has focused on (i) the economics of the media; (ii) the design of model-based field experiments, (iii) the ability of experts to forecast research results, and (iv) the analysis of editorial choices in scientific journals.
Kevin Esterling is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside, and Associate Dean of the Graduate Division. His research focuses on deliberative democracy in American national politics, with an emphasis on the conditions that lead citizens to engage constructively in public discourse. He is the author of The Political Economy of Expertise: Information and Efficiency in American National Politics (University of Michigan Press, 2004). He has published in a number of journals, including The American Political Science Review, Political Analysis, The Journal of Politics, Rationality and Society, Political Communication, and the Journal of Theoretical Politics. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and by the MacArthur Foundation. Esterling was previously a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of California, Berkeley and a postdoctoral research fellow at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions at Brown University. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago in 1999.
Donald Green is Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, having moved there in 2011 after 22 years at Yale University. The author of four books and more than one hundred essays, Green’s research interests span a wide array of topics: voting behavior, partisanship, campaign finance, hate crime, and research methods. Much of his current work uses field experimentation to study the ways in which political campaigns mobilize and persuade voters. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003 and was awarded the Heinz I. Eulau Award for best article published in the American Political Science Review during 2009. In 2010, he helped found the Experimental Research section of the American Political Science Association and served as its first president. Green received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988.
Hilary Hoynes is a Professor of Economics and Public Policy and holds the Haas Distinguished Chair in Economic Disparities at the University of California Berkeley. She specializes in the study of poverty, inequality, food and nutrition programs, and the impacts of government tax and transfer programs on low income families. Professor Hoynes is a member of the American Economic Association’s Executive Committee, the Federal Commission on Evidence-Based Policy Making, and the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Building an Agenda to Reduce the Number of Children in Poverty by Half in 10 Years. From 2011 to 2016 she was the co-editor of the leading journal in economics the American Economic Review. In 2014 she received the Carolyn Shaw Bell Award from the Committee on the Status of the Economics Profession of the American Economic Association. Previously, she was a member of the Advisory Committee for the National Science Foundation, Directorate for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences and the National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program.
John Ioannidis holds the C.F. Rehnborg Chair in Disease Prevention at Stanford University and is a Professor of Medicine, of Health Research and Policy, and of Statistics. Ioannidis directs the Stanford Prevention Research Center (SPRC) at Stanford University School of Medicine and co-directs the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS). Dr. Ioannidis has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Clinical Investigation and has been on the editorial boards of leading international journals (including PLoS Medicine, Lancet, Annals of Internal Medicine, JNCI, Science Translational Medicine and Molecular and Cellular Proteomics, among others.) He graduated top of his class from the School of Medicine and received his doctorate in biopathology from the University of Athens. From 1999 until 2010 he chaired the Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology at the School of Medicine, University of Ioannina in Greece. He is a member of the Association of American Physicians, and the European Academy of Cancer Sciences and has served as President of the Society for Research Synthesis Methodology.
Temina Madon is an Advisor at the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) and provides leadership in scientific development, partnerships, and outreach. She has worked as science policy advisor for the National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center, where she focused on enhancing research capacity in developing countries. She has also served as Science and Technology Policy Fellow for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, managing an extensive portfolio of global health policy issues. She holds a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley and an S.B. from MIT. Madon is also part of the Open Data Advisory Group spearheaded by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).
Don Moore is a Professor of Management of Organizations at the Haas School of Business. He runs the Moore Accuracy Lab at UC Berkeley. His research focuses on human overconfidence in decision-making, negotiation, and ethical choice. He has been active in the research transparency community, promoting the use of pre-analysis plans and study registries in psychology and widely practicing and advocating for open science. He has made much of his data available on both OSF and his personal website. Before coming to Haas, he was an Associate Professor at the Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business. He has a double-jointed thumb on his left hand and he can do calligraphy.
Brian Nosek received a Ph.D. in from Yale University in 2002 and is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia. In 2007, he received early career awards from the International Social Cognition Network (ISCON) and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). He co-founded Project Implicit, an Internet-based multi-university collaboration of research and education about implicit cognition – thoughts and feelings that exist outside of awareness or control. Nosek investigates the gap between values and practices – such as when behavior is influenced by factors other than one’s intentions and goals. Research applications of this interest are implicit bias, diversity and inclusion, automaticity, social judgment and decision-making, attitudes, beliefs, ideology, morality, identity, memory, and barriers to innovation. Through lectures, training, and consulting, Nosek applies scientific research to improve the alignment between personal and organizational values and practices. Nosek also co-founded and directs the Center for Open Science (COS) that operates the Open Science Framework. The COS aims to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research.
Betsy Levy Paluck is a Professor of Psychology and Public Policy at the Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Deputy Director of the Kahneman-Treisman Center for Behavioral Science and Public Policy. She is also a 2017 MacArthur Fellow. Much of her work has focused on prejudice and intergroup conflict reduction, using large-scale field experiments to test theoretically driven interventions. Through field experiments that test social psychological theories in Central and Horn of Africa and in the United States, she has examined the impact of the mass media and interpersonal communication on tolerant and cooperative behaviors. Her work in post-conflict countries has led to related research on political cultural change and on civic education. Dr. Paluck is also interested in social scientific methodology—particularly causal inference and behavioral measurement.
Matthew Rabin is the Pershing Square Professor of Behavioral Economics in the Harvard Economics Department and Harvard Business School. Before that, he was at UC Berkeley for 25 years, as the Edward G. and Nancy S. Jordan Professor of Economics for the latter part of that time. His research focuses primarily on incorporating psychologically more realistic assumptions into empirically applicable formal economic theory. He received his PhD from MIT in 1989, the same year he joined the Berkeley faculty as an assistant professor. He is a member of the Russell Sage Foundation Behavioral Economics Roundtable and co-organizer of the Russell Sage Summer Institute in Behavioral Economics. He has been a visiting professor at M.I.T., London School of Economics, Northwestern, Harvard, and Cal Tech, as well as a visiting scholar at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences (at Stanford) and the Russell Sage Foundation. Professor Rabin’s honors include Most Likely to Express His Opinion (Springbrook High School); Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow; graduate Economics Association Outstanding Teaching Award; MacArthur Foundation Fellow; Econometric Society Fellow; John Bates Clark Medal from American Economic Association; and Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Paul Romer is an American economist, entrepreneur, and activist. He is currently professor of economics at the Stern School of Business at New York University. Prior to that, Romer was a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Development, the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and the Hoover Institution, and a fellow at the Center for Global Development. He is a pioneer of endogenous growth theory. Romer earned a B.S. in mathematics in 1977 and a Ph.D. in economics in 1983, both from the University of Chicago. He taught at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Chicago, and the University of Rochester. He was named one of America’s 25 most influential people by Time magazine in 1997. Romer was awarded the Horst Claus Recktenwald Prize in Economics in 2002.
Simine Vazire is the Director of the Personality and Self-Knowledge Laboratory at UC Davis. She teaches courses on research methods, replicability, personality, and self-knowledge. Her research, funded by the National Science Foundation, examines accuracy and bias in people’s perceptions of their own behavior and personality. She also conducts meta-science examining how people interpret scientific findings and tracks trends in the methods and results of published studies in psychology over time. She is a Senior Editor at Collabra: Psychology, Editor in Chief of Social Psychological and Personality Science (SPSS), and Co-Founder and President of the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science (SIPS).