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 network theory, public choice theory, and research methods  (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, much of my research is inspired by philosophical accounts of “informal institutions” – like social norms – which result from the interaction of heterogeneous individuals; further, in some of my research I examine the epistemic foundations of coordination.  In a nutshell, my research combines game-theoretic and experimental methods to investigate norm-driven preferences, the perpetuation of social norms and conventions in the form of equilibria, and the role of information transmission and assimilation in supporting such equilibria.

Escher - Up and Down

M. C. Escher: Up and Down