Co-Founder, Principal Investigator
Alex is an assistant professor of Economics and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Professionally, he is most excited about making the world a better place, particularly for the least fortunate. His research focuses on the economics of education, taking insights from behavioral and development economics to better understand the important linkages between outside stimuli, our beliefs, our actions, and our outcomes. Personally, he is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, and is a big fan of travel, food, music, and the visual arts. He holds a PhD in economics from Brown University. As a kid, he really latched onto stories about heroes who overcame tough odds. As Alex grew up, he realized that a disproportionate amount of the "heroes" looked a lot like him, and this spurred some of the ideas in his research at MiiE.