I am currently Program Director of the Anxieties of Democracy program at the Social Science Research Council. We encourage and disseminate research that asks whether the core institutions of established democracies—elections, mass media, political parties, interest groups, social movements, and, especially, legislatures—can capably address large problems in the public interest.
Prior to this role, I was Research Specialist at the Center for Healthcare Delivery Sciences at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, with a joint appointment to the Office of Evaluation Sciences at the General Services Administration. In this role, I developed a suite of projects that encourage vaccine uptake by applying the behavioral and social sciences.
I earned my Ph.D. (Harvard University, 2013) in political science, with a focus on political psychology and public opinion. My area of specialization is the psychology of income inequality. I also hold an M.Phil in European Politics from Oxford University, and a B.A. in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University.
I was born in Estonia, grew up in Sweden, attended college in England and went to graduate school in New England. I will gladly talk about democracy, public opinion, and the overlap of political science and psychology. If you don’t want to talk politics or science with me, you can bring up rock climbing or cooking instead… but be warned that I can turn most conversations back to social science pretty fast.
Oh, and if you want to find out how I feel about sharing my surname with Donald Trump, you can find the answer in this Vox story.