I am a scientist at the intersection of physics and society--using physical models, ideas, and intuitions to look for general principles in human behavior. I've worked on voting in the US Supreme Court and Congress, conflict in a society of pigtailed macaques, and mean-field theories for dislocation avalanches.
In particular, I am interested in harnessing the tools of statistical physics to investigate universal behavior in conflict and decision making across humans and animals. Here's a nice review that mentions some related work from Physics, and Philip Ball has written an inspiring book, Critical Mass, showing how conceptual frameworks from physics might provide insights about social behavior.
My current projects include sychronization of motion in tango dancing, political voting, conflict in society, and making maximum entropy methods more widely accessible. I am now a graduate student in Physics and Information Science at Cornell University working with Professor Itai Cohen. I graduated from Princeton University in 2012 with an A. B. in Physics and a Certificate in Biophysics. Previously, I was at the Center for Complexity & Collective Computation at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and in the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics in the Biophysics Theory Group.
My CV is available here.
One of my main, non-science activities is breakdance. I am part of Absolute Zero, the breakdancing crew at Cornell. I also enjoy reading science fiction and fantasy, drinking tea, and writing about science.