I currently serve as the Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at the Santa Fe Institute. The Strategic Partnerships Group is responsible for spreading the insights of complexity theory beyond academia. Towards that end, we establish collaborative partnerships with governments, companies, individual philanthropists, nonprofits, and other organizations. Relatedly, the Strategic Partnerships Group is also responsible for running SFI's Applied Complexity Network (ACtioN), which organizes many of the Institute's collaborations with industry, non-profits, and government agencies. More information about ACtioN can be found at: santafe.edu/ACtioN
Given my long standing interest in the application of complexity theory, this is an ideal fit for me. My research explores the behavioral micro-foundations of strategy, with a particular focus on how agents search for strategies in novel environments. My other interests include: heterogeneity and trade off between top-down control and bottom-up autonomy in social systems; computational models that incorporate insights from behavioral economics; international political economy; and the intersection of management and complex systems theory
I was formerly a faculty member and Undergraduate Program Director at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Lally School of Management. Concurrently, I held a courtesy appointment as Guest Research Faculty in the Syndicate Bank Entrepreneurship Research and Training Centre at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Prior to RPI, I served as the Associate Director of CSSS-Beijing, which was jointly administered by the Santa Fe Institute and the Institute of Theoretical Physics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Before entering academia, I was a Junior Professional Associate at The World Bank, where I focused on Eastern Europe and Central Asia. I also have non-profit, private sector and entrepreneurial experience in the US, China, and India.
I hold a PhD in Management from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and a BA (cum laude) in Economics from Swarthmore College. In the fall of 2006 and 2007 I was a visiting PhD Student at Carnegie Mellon’s Department of Social and Decision Sciences. I am proficient in Mandarin Chinese, and in the spring of 2007 I visited the Chinese Academy of Science's Key Laboratory of Management, Decision and Information Systems (MADIS) with funding from a CIBER grant.