Social and Behavioral Sciences Team | Daniel Hopkins (Ph.D. '07)
Alum Daniel Hopkins recently concluded a term as a fellow (Jan-July 2015) with the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST). SBST attracted considerable attention in the policy community in September 2015 with President Obama's Executive Order calling for the greater use of behavioral science insights in the design of government policies and programs. With the President's announcement, SBST issued its first Annual Report, which reviewed a range of efforts "to apply behavioral insights to Federal policy and to measure the impact of these applications on key policy outcomes using rigorous evaluations."
Hopkins, now an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, earned his Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University in 2007. The SBST Fellows program is designed for researchers who hold a Ph.D. in social or behavioral science field, including economics, psychology, political science, statistics, sociology, public policy, and related fields. Fellows generally work with the multi-agency team while on leave from a university, government, or research position.
(The SBST Associates program is designed for those pursuing a Ph.D. in these fields or with an M.A. and relevant work experience).