People

 


Speakers

Syon Bhanot

Syon Bhanot is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Swarthmore College, studying behavioral and public economics. His areas of research include pro-social behavior, environmental conservation behavior, development, and personal finance decisions. Syon has worked with startups, social enterprises, cities, and international organizations, including the World Bank, to apply the tools and methods of behavioral and experimental economics to solve real-world problems.

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Anjali Chainani

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Anjali Chainani serves as Director of Policy in the Mayor's Office for the City of Philadelphia and is currently a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice in the graduate program. Anjali holds a bachelor degree in social administration from Temple University School of Public Health. She holds two masters in public health and in social work also from Temple University. Anjali is currently a doctoral candidate in health policy at the Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Her dissertation focuses on city-level sugar sweetened beverage tax policy, and studying the political process around these controversial proposals.

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Sara Heller

Sara Heller is an Assistant Professor of Criminology at University of Pennsylvania. She uses large-scale randomized control trials to investigate the impact and cost effectiveness of public policies to improve life outcomes for disadvantaged youth. Her work focuses primarily on field experiments testing the effects of treatment interventions on crime, education, and other life outcomes.

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Dan Hopkins

Dan Hopkins is currently an Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Pennsylvania, with a secondary appointment at the Annenberg School for Communication. He is a political scientist whose research centers on American politics, with a special emphasis on racial and ethnic politics, local politics, political behavior, and research methods. Before joining the University of Pennsylvania, he was a member of the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team.

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Katherine Milkman

Katherine Milkman is an associate professor at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, she has a secondary appointment as an associate professor at the Perelman School of Medicine, and she is the co-director of Wharton People Analytics. Her research relies heavily on "big data" to document various ways in which individuals systematically deviate from making optimal choices. Her work has paid particular attention to the question of what factors produce self-control failures (e.g., undersaving for retirement, exercising too little, eating too much junk food) and how to reduce the incidence of such failures.

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Evan Nesterak

Evan Nesterak is the Co-founder of The Psych Report, a nonprofit online behavioral science news magazine. He is also a researcher in the Duckworth Lab at the University of Pennsylvania. Evan graduated from Swarthmore College in 2009 where he studied psychology and statistics.

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Sam Quinney

Sam Quinney is currently an applied research analyst for the District of Columbia government. Previously, he was a research fellow at the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST) where he focused on applying behavioral science to issues in education. He continues to collaborate with SBST, working to benefit the U.S. Department of Education. He has also worked as a mayoral fellow in Chicago, and a history teacher in Philadelphia. 

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Barry Schwartz

Barry Schwartz is the Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action at Swarthmore College. Schwartz has written ten books and more than 100 articles for professional journals. He has lectured the British and the Dutch governments and has given three TED talks and two TEDX talks. In 2004, Schwartz published The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less, which was named one of the top business books of the year by both Business Week and Forbes Magazine. Schwartz is also the author, with Kenneth Sharpe, of Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing. His most recent book is Why We Work.

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Will Tucker

Will Tucker is a Vice-president of ideas42 and a fellow at the White House Social and Behavioral Science Team. A Truman Scholar, he graduated with degrees in Africana Studies and Public Policy & American Institutions from Brown University, where he was a member of the President’s Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice. He also received an MPA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, with a certificate in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy.

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Kevin Volpp

Kevin Volpp is the founding Director of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI CHIBE), Director of the Center in Behavioral Economics and Health, Vice Chairman for Health Policy for the Department of Medical Ethics and Policy, and a Professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Health Care Management at the Wharton School. His work focuses on developing and testing innovative ways of applying insights from behavioral economics in improving patient health behavior and affecting provider performance. He has done work with a variety of employers, insurers, health systems, and consumer companies in testing the effectiveness of different behavioral economic strategies in addressing tobacco dependence, obesity, and medication non-adherence. 

Marisa Waxman

Marisa Waxman serves as First Deputy Revenue Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia. Ms. Waxman began her government career with Philadelphia City Controller’s Office. Additionally, she held positions with the City of Philadelphia in the Office of Property Assessment and the Office of the Director of Finance. Ms. Waxman has also been a Senior Project Manager for the New York City Department of Finance, focusing on revenue collection and administration, and on staff at the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, focusing on government performance improvements, budget analysis, and civic engagement. Ms. Waxman holds a Bachelors degree and Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of American Planning Association, maintains accreditation with the American Institute of City Planning (AICP) and is active in several civic and non-profit organizations.


Academic Facilitators

Syon Bhanot, Swarthmore College
Charles Branas, University of Pennsylvania
Erin Bronchetti, Swarthmore College
Johannes Eichstaedt, University of Pennsylvania
Clayton Featherstone, University of Pennsylvania
Karen Glanz, University of Pennsylvania
Abigail Gray, University of Pennsylvania
Dena Gromet, University of Pennsylvania
Sara Heller, University of Pennsylvania
Dan Hopkins, University of Pennsylvania
Michael Horowitz, University of Pennsylvania
Rob Kurzban, University of Pennsylvania
Charles Loeffler, University of Pennsylvania
John MacDonald, University of Pennsylvania
Ellen Magenheim, Swarthmore College
Evan Nesterak, The Psych Report & University of Pennsylvania
Samuel Quinney, District of Columbia
Reb Rebele, University of Pennsylvania
Crystal Reeck, Temple University
Rebecka Rosenquist, University of Pennsylvania
Barry Schwartz, Swarthmore College
Susanne Schwarz, Harvard University
Colin Sullivan, University of Pennsylvania
Jeremy Tobacman, University of Pennsylvania
Will Tucker, ideas42
Vinod Venkatraman, Temple University
Kevin Volpp, University of Pennsylvania


Organizers

O R G A N I Z E R S:

SYON BHANOT, SWARTHMORE COLLEGE

Syon Bhanot is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Swarthmore College, studying behavioral and public economics. A full biography for Syon Bhanot is in the “Speakers” section. (sbhanot1@swarthmore.edu)

DAN HOPKINS, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

Dan Hopkins is currently an Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Pennsylvania, with a secondary appointment at the Annenberg School for Communication. A full biography for Dan Hopkins is in the “Speakers” section. (danhop@sas.upenn.edu)

EVAN NESTERAK, THE PSYCH REPORT & UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

Evan Nesterak is a co-founder of The Psych Report and a researcher at the Duckworth Lab at the University of Pennsylvania. A full biography for Evan Nesterak is in the “Speakers” section. (evan@thepsychreport.com)

 

Susanne Schwarz

Susanne Schwarz is a research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Women and Public Policy Program, where her research focuses on rape culture in media coverage. She has also conducted research around issues of gender and development as a consultant for the World Bank and trainee at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit in Frankfurt, Germany. Her experience includes working with government agencies including the European Parliament and Delegation of the European Union in Washington, DC. She will begin her doctoral work in 2016 at the Department of Politics at Princeton University. (Susanne_Schwarz@hks.harvard.edu)

 

GOVERNMENT ORGANIZERS:

ANJALI CHAINANI, MAYOR’S OFFICE

Anjali Chainani serves as Director of Policy in the Mayor's Office for the City of Philadelphia. A full biography for Anjali Chainani is in the “Speakers” section.

MARISA WAXMAN, CITY OF PHILADELPHIA

Marisa Waxman serves as First Deputy Revenue Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia A full biography for Marisa Waxman is in the “Speakers” section.

 

STUDENT ORGANIZER:

ANTONIA VIOLANTE, SWARTHMORE COLLEGE

Antonia Violante is a senior at Swarthmore College, studying psychology and cognitive science. She is a founding member of The Psych Report and research assistant at the Swarthmore Behavioral Economics Lab. She will begin working as an Associate at ideas42 in July. (aviolan1@swarthmore.edu)

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