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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychology
BioZachary J. Davis is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working with Professor Tobias Gerstenberg in the Psychology Department. His research focuses on how people learn causal relationships, and use what they've learned to make decisions. His work utilizes both experimental methods from cognitive psychology as well as computational modeling from machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Political Science
BioI am a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Political Science at Stanford University. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from University of Pennsylvania in August 2020. My research interests include comparative politics, political economy and quantitative methods.
In my research, I study the strategies used by criminal organizations to influence politicians, their capacity to drain public resources and the effectiveness of policies to fight against them. My dissertation examines the conditions explaining the expansion of criminal organizations to strong states, focusing on mafias’ ability to control and exploit migrants’ labor to strike alliances with local economic actors.
Please visit my website for my cv and research: https://web.sas.upenn.edu/gemmad/