Public Writing


  1. The Future of Speech on Campus, Boston Review, December 21, 2023.
  2. Preparing for Generative AI in the 2024 Election: Recommendations and Best Practices Based on Academic Research (with Brandice Canes-Wrone, Andrew B. Hall, Kristian Lum, Gregory J. Martin, and Yamil Ricardo Velez). Related 538 Politics Podcast.
  3. Chicago city-owned supermarkets aren’t the right fix for food deserts, Chicago Tribune, November 10, 2023.
  4. American Geopolitical Strategy and the Israel-Hamas War, Irregular Warfare Initiative, November 7, 2023.
  5. Encouraging Informed Participation in Decentralized Governance: The Problem with Slashing or Majority Rewards (with Andrew B. Hall), a16crypto, January 19, 2023.
  6. Paying People to Participate in Governance (with Andrew B. Hall), a16crypto, November 8, 2022.
  7. Platforms Need to Work with Their Users — Not Against Them (with Andrew B. Hall), Harvard Business Review, May 22, 2022.
  8. Why it matters when Governor J.B. Pritzker wears a mask (with Mehdi Shadmehr), Chicago Tribune, May 1, 2020.
  9. The U.S. Can Deter Iran but Not Its Proxies, Foreign Policy, January 23, 2020.
  10. The Pitfalls and Possibilities of the Measurement Revolution for National Security (with Liam Collins, Kristen G. Decaires, and Jacob N. Shapiro), War on the Rocks, January 16, 2020.
  11. Getting Counterinsurgency Wrong, The Boston Review, December 23, 2019.
  12. The Perils of Quantification, The Boston Review, March 11, 2019.
  13. The Case for a Cyber Deterrence Plan that Works, (with Sandeep Baliga and Alexander Wolitzky), The National Interest, March 5, 2019.
  14. Al-Shabaab Is Fighting For Its Survival, CNN.COM, September 27, 2013.
  15. One Way to Defeat the NRA, (with Jens Ludwig) CNN.COM. January 11, 2013
  16. The Perils of Quantification: The 2013 Aims of Public Policy Address
  17. Doing Good vs. Feeling Good: The 2015 Aims of Public Policy Address
  18. Why People Turn to Bombs: Review of Alan B. Krueger’s “What Makes a Terrorist: Economics and the Roots of Terrorism,” Science Vol 318, Issue 5857, 14 December 2007