Philosophy, Politics and Economics
313 Cohen Hall
249 South 36th Street
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104

«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
PPE Fellow in the Philosophy, Politics and Economics Program at the University of Pennsylvania.  I do research in Behavioral Economics and Game Theory. Additionally, I teach 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; also, in some of my research I examine the epistemic foundations of coordination.  More specifically, 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