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Temina Madon 

4615836Temina Madon is Executive Director of the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) and provides leadership in scientific development, partnerships, and outreach. She has worked as science policy advisor for the National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center, where she focused on enhancing research capacity in developing countries. She has also served as Science and Technology Policy Fellow for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, managing an extensive portfolio of global health policy issues. She holds a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley and an S.B. from MIT. Madon is also part of the Open Data Advisory Group spearheaded by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).

Edward Miguel


Edward Miguel is Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley and Faculty Director of the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA). His main research focus is African economic development, including work on the economic causes and consequences of violence; the impact of ethnic divisions on local collective action; and interactions between health, education, environment, and productivity for the poor. He has conducted field work in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and India. Miguel is a Faculty Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and an Associate Editor at the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Development Economics, and the Review of Economics and Statistics. He is a recipient of the 2005 Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, winner of the 2005 Kenneth J. Arrow Prize, and recipient of the 2012 U.C. Berkeley campus-wide Distinguished Teaching Award. He is author with Ray Fisman of Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence and the Poverty of Nations (Princeton University Press 2008), and author of Africa’s Turn? (MIT Press 2009). Miguel earned S.B. degrees in both Economics and Mathematics from MIT, and received a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow.

Executive Committee

Kevin Esterling


Kevin Esterling is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside, and Associate Dean of the Graduate Division. His research focuses on deliberative democracy in American national politics, with an emphasis on the conditions that lead citizens to engage constructively in public discourse. He is the author of The Political Economy of Expertise: Information and Efficiency in American National Politics (University of Michigan Press, 2004). He has published in a number of journals, including The American Political Science Review, Political Analysis, The Journal of Politics, Rationality and Society, Political Communication, and the Journal of Theoretical Politics. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and by the MacArthur Foundation. Esterling was previously a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of California, Berkeley and a postdoctoral research fellow at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions at Brown University. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago in 1999.

Rachel Glennerster


Rachel Glennerster is Executive Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). Her research includes randomized evaluations of community driven development, the adoption of new agricultural technologies, and improving the accountability of politicians in Sierra Leone; empowerment of adolescent girls in Bangladesh; the behavioral economics of complying with tuberculosis medication in Pakistan; and health, governance, education, and microfinance programs in India. She serves as Scientific Director for J-PAL Africa, Co-Chair of J-PAL’s Agriculture Program, and is a board member of the Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative (ATAI). She is lead academic for Sierra Leone for the International Growth Center. Between 2007 and 2010 she served on the UK Department for International Development‘s (DFID) Independent Advisory Committee on Development Impact. Rachel Glennerster helped establish Deworm the World, of which she is a board member, which has helped deworm 23 million children worldwide. Before joining J-PAL, she worked at the IMF and Her Majesty’s Treasury. She has a Ph.D. in economics from Birkbeck College, University of London, and is coauthor of Strong Medicine: Creating Incentives for Pharmaceutical Research on Neglected Diseases (Princeton University Press, 2004).

Donald Green


Donald Green is Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, having moved there in 2011 after 22 years at Yale University. The author of four books and more than one hundred essays, Green’s research interests span a wide array of topics: voting behavior, partisanship, campaign finance, hate crime, and research methods. Much of his current work uses field experimentation to study the ways in which political campaigns mobilize and persuade voters. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003 and was awarded the Heinz I. Eulau Award for best article published in the American Political Science Review during 2009.  In 2010, he helped found the Experimental Research section of the American Political Science Association and served as its first president. Green received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988.

Brian Nosek


Brian Nosek received a Ph.D. in from Yale University in 2002 and is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia. In 2007, he received early career awards from the International Social Cognition Network (ISCON) and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). He co-founded Project Implicit, an Internet-based multi-university collaboration of research and education about implicit cognition – thoughts and feelings that exist outside of awareness or control. Nosek investigates the gap between values and practices – such as when behavior is influenced by factors other than one’s intentions and goals. Research applications of this interest are implicit bias, diversity and inclusion, automaticity, social judgment and decision-making, attitudes, beliefs, ideology, morality, identity, memory, and barriers to innovation. Through lectures, training, and consulting, Nosek applies scientific research to improve the alignment between personal and organizational values and practices. Nosek also co-founded and directs the Center for Open Science (COS) that operates the Open Science Framework. The COS aims to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research.

Maya Petersen 


Maya Petersen is Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley. She received an M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco and a Ph.D. in Biostatistics from Berkeley. Her research interests include the treatment of HIV resistant to antiretroviral drugs, the use of antiretroviral therapy in resource limited settings, and combined approaches for prevention and treatment of HIV infection. Methodologically, she is interested in the application of causal inference methods to observational clinical datasets, the development of methods to estimate the effects of individualized treatment strategies (dynamic treatment regimes), and the evaluation of community-based interventions. She has a strong interest in the interface between biostatistics, epidemiology, and clinical medicine, including the communication of new statistical methods to non-statistical audiences, and the application of advances in biological and clinical understanding of disease to drive the development of new statistical methodologies. Together with Judea Pearl, Jasjeet Sekhon, and Mark van der Laan, she launched the Journal of Causal Inference – a new journal that publishes papers on theoretical and applied causal research across the range of academic disciplines that use quantitative tools to study causality.

Richard Sedlmayr

sedlmayrRichard Sedlmayr is a philanthropic advisor in New York, with a focus on pro-poor economic development. His interests include the application of applied microeconomics and behavioral research to poverty; the enhancement of evidence and accountability in development practice; and the advancement of integrity and transparency in empirical research. In the past, Richard was an Associate with the Boston Consulting Group; a Senior Analyst and Consultant with NERA Economic Consulting; and a field research manager with Harvard University. He also conducted independent research projects in partnership with PATH and Zambia’s National Malaria Control Program. Richard spent much of his adult life in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. He received graduate degrees in economics and in management from the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) in 2005 and is a CFA charterholder.

Advisory Board

John Ioannidis

6437391_origJohn Ioannidis holds the C.F. Rehnborg Chair in Disease Prevention at Stanford University and is a Professor of Medicine, of Health Research and Policy, and of Statistics.  Ioannidis directs the Stanford Prevention Research Center (SPRC) at Stanford University School of Medicine and co-directs the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS). Dr. Ioannidis has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Clinical Investigation and has been on the editorial boards of leading international journals (including PLoS Medicine, Lancet, Annals of Internal Medicine, JNCI, Science Translational Medicine and Molecular and Cellular Proteomics, among others.) He graduated top of his class from the School of Medicine and received his doctorate in biopathology from the University of Athens.  From 1999 until 2010 he chaired the Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology at the School of Medicine, University of Ioannina in Greece. He is a member of the Association of American Physicians, and the European Academy of Cancer Sciences and has served as President of the Society for Research Synthesis Methodology. 

Arthur Lupia

6815954Arthur Lupia is the Hal R. Varian Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan and Research Professor at its Institute for Social Research. His research interests include how information and institutions affect policy and politics. His work provides insights on voting, civic competence, legislative-bureaucratic relations, parliamentary governance, and political communication. He has served as Principal Investigator of the American National Election Studies, was Chair of the section on Social, Economic, and Political Sciences at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and co-founded Time-Sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences (TESS), which has helped hundreds of scholars run experiments on nationally diverse subject pools. His honors include: the 2013 Ithiel de Sola Pool Award from the American Political Science Association, the 2007 Warren Mitovsky Innovators Award from the American Association of Public Opinion Research, and the 1998 Initiatives in Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for the National Academies’ Division of Behavioral and Social Science and Education. 

Matthew Rabin

2478569_origMatthew Rabin is the Pershing Square Professor of Behavioral Economics in the Harvard Economics Department and Harvard Business School. Before that, he was at UC Berkeley for 25 years, as the Edward G. and Nancy S. Jordan Professor of Economics for the latter part of that time.  His research focuses primarily on incorporating psychologically more realistic assumptions into empirically applicable formal economic theory. He received his PhD from MIT in 1989, the same year he joined the Berkeley faculty as an assistant professor. He is a member of the Russell Sage Foundation Behavioral Economics Roundtable and co-organizer of the Russell Sage Summer Institute in Behavioral Economics. He has been a visiting professor at M.I.T., London School of Economics, Northwestern, Harvard, and Cal Tech, as well as a visiting scholar at the Center foAdvanced Study in Behavioral Sciences (at Stanford) and the Russell Sage Foundation. Professor Rabin’s honors include Most Likely to Express His Opinion (Springbrook High School); Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow; graduate Economics Association Outstanding Teaching Award; MacArthur Foundation Fellow; Econometric Society Fellow; John Bates Clark Medal from American Economic Association; and Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Paul Romer 

promerPaul Romer is an American economist, entrepreneur, and activist. He is currently professor of economics at the Stern School of Business at New York University. Prior to that, Romer was a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Development, the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and the Hoover Institution, and a fellow at the Center for Global Development. He is a pioneer of endogenous growth theory. Romer earned a B.S. in mathematics in 1977 and a Ph.D. in economics in 1983, both from the University of Chicago. He taught at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Chicago, and the University of Rochester. He was named one of America’s 25 most influential people by Time magazine in 1997.  Romer was awarded the Horst Claus Recktenwald Prize in Economics in 2002.

Barbara Spellman

2921349_origBarbara Spellman is a professor at the University Of Virginia School Of Law. She was previously in the Psychology Departments at the University of Virginia and the University of Texas. Spellman received her law degree from NYU in 1982 and her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from UCLA in 1993.Her work focuses mostly on memory, analogical reasoning and causal reasoning both as basic research and as applied to the legal system; it has been published in both psychology journals and law reviews. Spellman served on the National Academies Committee on Behavioral and Social Science Research to Improve Intelligence Analysis for National Security and is currently a member-at-large for Psychology to the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her book on the Psychological Foundations of Evidence Law will be published next year.  Spellman is currently editor-in-chief of Perspectives on Psychological Science, which has published extensively on the current debates about conducting social science research.