I am a scientist at the intersection of physics and society--using physics models, ideas, and intuitions to look for general principles in human behavior. I've worked on voting in the US Supreme Court, conflict in a society of pigtailed macaques, and models for how avalanches spread--like in a collapsing material or contagion process.
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 what Physics has been done on social behavior, 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 human motion, Supreme Court voting across time, parallels between human and primate conflict, and making maximum entropy methods more widely accessible. I am now a PhD candidate in Theoretical Physics at Cornell University under Professor Paul Ginsparg. I graduated from Princeton University in 2012 with an A. B. in Physics and a Certificate in Biophysics and received an M. S. in Physics from Cornell University in 2018. 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.