About

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I’m a law and technology scholar currently working as a Postdoctoral Associate at the Industrial Performance Center at MIT. I completed my PhD in Political Economy in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning in early 2021, and received my JD from Harvard Law School in 2017.

My research focuses on the legal and institutional bases of innovation and technology development. My dissertation, Patents Over Planning: Industrial Capital and Federal Innovation Policy, traced the history of the postwar R&D system and the efforts of major business organizations in shaping it. I am currently conducting research at the MIT IPC on IP, labor law, and the future of work.