Smith Institute .
Chapman University .
Orange, CA 92866 .

«Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them.» (David Hume)

I’m a
Research Associate at the Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy at Chapman University.  Prior to this I was a PPE Fellow in the Philosophy, Politics and Economics Program at the University of Pennsylvania.  My research focuses on Behavioral Economics and Game Theory.  Also, I have taught courses in microeconomic theory, network theory, and public choice theory  (CV).

My research explores issues at the core of individual and strategic decision-making, such as the relationship between self-interested preferences and normative judgments, the emergence of systems of behavioral rules, and social conformity. In particular, some of my research is inspired by philosophical accounts of “informal institutions” (like social norms) that result from the interaction of heterogeneous individuals. In other research, I have examined the epistemic foundations of coordination, individuals’ perception, and risk-taking behavior. In short, my work combines game-theoretic and experimental methods to investigate non-standard preferences, the perpetuation of norms and conventions in the form of equilibria, and the role of information transmission and assimilation in supporting such equilibria.

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