Directors

Edward Miguel – Faculty Director

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Edward Miguel is the Oxfam Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics at the University of California, Berkeley and Faculty Director of the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA).  work on the economic causes and consequences of violence; the impact of ethnic divisions on local collective action; interactions between health, education, environment, and productivity for the poor; and methods for transparency in social science research. He has conducted field work in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and India. He has published over 90 articles and chapters in leading academic journals and collected volumes, and his work has been cited over 25,000 times according to Google Scholar.

Miguel is a Faculty Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, is on the Board of Reviewing Editors for Science and has served as Associate Editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics, is a recipient of the 2005 Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, winner of the 2005 Kenneth J. Arrow Prize awarded annually by the International Health Economics Association for the Best Paper in Health Economics, and a 2002 Berkeley Hellman Fellow. He is a recipient of the 2015 U.C. Berkeley Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award, the 2012 Berkeley campus-wide Distinguished Teaching Award, the Best Graduate Adviser Award in the Berkeley Economics Department, and has served on over 110 completed doctoral dissertation committees. He is the author of Africa’s Turn? (MIT Press 2009), co-author of Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence and the Poverty of Nations (Princeton University Press 2008), and Transparent and Reproducible Social Science Research (UC Press, 2019).

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.

Staff

Katie Hoeberling – Program Manager

Katie leads fundraising, partnership development, training initiatives, and the Catalyst program. She previously served as a Borlaug Fellow in Global Food Security studying savings-led microfinance and farmer-centered innovation initiatives in Cambodia, supported an environmental impact assessment of California almonds and the revision of the Urban Forest Project Protocol for the California carbon market, and worked 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 – Senior Program Associate

Aleks’s work at BITSS facilitates the introduction of transparency norms in journals and research organizations. He also supports MetaArXiv, communications, and event coordination. Before joining CEGA and BITSS, Aleks worked as a research consultant on anti-corruption research projects with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the 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.

Scholars

Fernando Hoces de la Guardia – Project Scientist

Fernando Hoces de la Guardia is a Project Scientist at BITSS and an affiliate of the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS). Fernando works on bridging research-to-policy gaps in regards to transparency and reproducibility and improving the computational reproducibility of economics research. He received his Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School where his research focused on increasing the transparency and reproducibility of policy analysis as a way to strengthen the connection between policy and evidence. Before RAND, he studied economics and conducted impact evaluations and economic analyses of various social policies. Fernando has also supported BITSS-led trainings in the past and led a series of Catalyst trainings in South America in 2017.

Soazic Elise Wang Sonne – Visiting Scholar, Summer & Fall 2017

Soazic Elise Wang Sonne is a statistician and economist researcher (Ph.D. fellow) at the United Nations University (UNU-MERIT) and an Economist (Young Professional) at the Social Development Unit of the World Bank Group in Washington DC. Since early 2015, Soazic has been spearheading the research transparency movement across Sub Saharan Africa (Cameroon, Niger, South Africa, Kenya), Europe (Netherlands, UK) and the United States. As a Catalyst, Soazic has managed to train nearly 1000 researchers in Cameroon, South Africa, the UK, the Netherlands, and the US on research transparency and reproducibility techniques.

Advisory Board

Stefano DellaVigna

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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

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Kevin Esterling is a Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, and the Director of the Laboratory for Technology, Communication, and Democracy (TeCD Lab), at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). His research focuses on institutional design for communication in democratic politics, and he has interests in Bayesian statistics, experimental design, and science ethics and validity. His current work focuses on deliberative democracy and the design of technology that leads 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) and co-author of Politics with the People: Building a Directly Representative Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2018). He has published in a number of journals, including the American Political Science Review, Science, the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, Political Analysis, and the Journal of Politics. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, The Democracy Fund, and 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

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Donald Green is a 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

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, where she also co-directs the Opportunity Lab. 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

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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

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Temina Madon is a Director of Business Development at Atlas AI and 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

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

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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

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

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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

Paul Romer is an American economist, entrepreneur, and activist. He is currently a 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, and a co-recipient of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics in 2018.

Jennifer Sturdy

Jennifer Sturdy served as Director (2015-2016) and Advisor (2016-2018) at BITSS. She works on program evaluation initiatives at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), including several transparency initiatives such as the establishment of the MCC Evaluation Catalog and the MCC Disclosure Review Board for releasing de-identified, public-use data. Jennifer also instituted several internal protocols for strengthening oversight of the MCC independent evaluation portfolio. Before MCC, she spent over six years as a consultant for the World Bank, working on several large-scale impact evaluations in the health and WASH sectors.

Simine Vazire

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).