I am a behavioral science researcher at Vanguard. I recently completed my PhD in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Southern California.
During my PhD, I studied human rights, NGOs, social signaling, cause prioritization, effective altruism, human rights measurement, and research methodology. My research evaluates the social and status incentives for donating to charity, with a focus on how social signaling creates supply-side problems among nongovernmental organizations. My dissertation argues that donors pay for status benefits, and human rights NGOs meet this market demand by seeking to benefit donor reputation rather than seeking to effectively advance human rights.