Dan is managing director and senior policy advisor at MIT’s Policy Lab at the Center for International Studies. The Policy Lab works with faculty and researchers at MIT to ensure that policy-relevant research makes its way into the hands of appropriate policymakers. Dan came to MIT in 2014 to help launch and now run this program. He also serves on the external advisory board and steering committees of a number of programs designed to increase civic engagement and expand career opportunities for scientists, including Harvard Medical School’s Scientific Citizenship Initiative, Boston University’s Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training program, and the Engaging Scientists & Engineers in Policy Coalition. Dan also has extensive experience in grassroots political organizing, running volunteer LGBT rights campaigns and professionally directing field offices during the 2008 elections. He received his PhD in physics from Brandeis University, studying high-energy physics as part of the ATLAS experiment at CERN. He then served as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Academy of Sciences and as an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the office of Senator Edward J. Markey.
I am most excited to work on projects that… create common cause among politically polarized communities.
I am looking for partners that can help me… scale ideas to reach audiences beyond my social bubble.
A moment when I felt most inspired in my work was… when I was given the opportunity to apply my background in physics as a science and technology policy advisor to a US senator.
Innovations in my field that I am most excited to work on… are programs to incentivize academics to engage more with policymakers and society at large.