David A. Moss



David A. Moss

David Moss is the Paul Whiton Cherington Professor at Harvard Business School and the founder of the Tobin Project.  His research focuses on economic policy and especially the government’s role as a risk manager. He has published three books on these subjects: Socializing Security: Progressive-Era Economists and the Origins of American Social Policy (Harvard University Press, 1996), When All Else Fails: Government as the Ultimate Risk Manager (Harvard University Press, 2002), and A Concise Guide to Macroeconomics: What Managers, Executives, and Students Need to Know (Harvard Business School Press, 2007). David has also co-edited three volumes on economic regulation and has published numerous articles, book chapters, and case studies, mainly in the fields of institutional and policy history, financial history, political economy, and regulation.  He currently teaches two courses, “Creating the Modern Financial System” and “History of American Democracy,” for both MBA students and undergraduates, and is a seven-time recipient of the Student Association Faculty Award for outstanding teaching at Harvard Business School.  Prior to joining the Business School faculty in 1993, David served as a senior economist at Abt Associates from 1992-1993.  He holds a B.A. from Cornell University, and an M.A. in economics and Ph.D. in history from Yale University. 


Alexander H. Berlin


Alexander Berlin

Alex joined the Tobin Project in the spring of 2015. Previously, Alex served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts and as a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section, where he prosecuted economic crime and won the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service. Prior to joining the Justice Department, Alex served as a law clerk to the Honorable Patti B. Saris of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Alex is a 2008 graduate of Yale Law School, where he was an Equal Justice America Fellow, and a 2005 magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College.

Email: aberlin[at]tobinproject.org

Phone: (617) 547-2611


Katherine B. Aoki


Katherine AokiKate joined the Tobin Project in the summer of 2015. In her current role, Kate manages Tobin's operations, contributes to the organization's strategic development, and works with the research team to advance Tobin's initiatives. Kate graduated magna cum laude with highest honors in History and a minor in Economics from Harvard University. In her senior thesis, she explored the relationship between work and gender by examining men’s work in American department stores in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.



Email: kaoki[at]tobinproject.org

Phone: (617) 547-2600


John Cisternino


John CisterninoJohn joined the Tobin Project in 2008, drawn by a desire to cultivate rigorous research and to improve understanding of important public problems. Currently, John leads the Tobin Project research team with responsibility across all major initiatives, overseeing programming and providing strategic direction. During his time at Tobin, John has co-edited New Perspectives on Regulation (The Tobin Project, 2009) with David Moss and worked closely with scholars across the network to develop new lines of inquiry. He holds a B.A. magna cum laude from Tufts University; a J.D. from Harvard Law School; and an M.A. and M. Phil in philosophy from Columbia University where he taught courses in formal logic, philosophy, and literature.

Email: jcisternino[at]tobinproject.org

Phone: (617) 301-8923