Katherine B. Aoki


Katherine Aoki

Kate joined the Tobin Project in the summer of 2015. Currently, Kate manages Tobin's operations, contributes to the organization's strategic development, and works with the research team to advance Tobin's research 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 century.


Email: kaoki[at]

Phone: (617) 547-2600


Alexander H. Berlin


Alex BerlinAlex 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]

Phone: (617) 547-2611


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 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]

Phone: (617) 301-8923 


David Cruikshank


David CruikshankDavid joined the Tobin Project in the summer of 2017. Currently, he assists with Tobin's operations and contributes to its Economic Inequality Initiative. David graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in psychology, focusing his studies on social psychology. His senior thesis examined links between women in STEM and in philosophy, and specifically explored whether women experience stereotype threat in philosophy.

Email: dcruikshank[at]

Phone: (617) 547-2600




Jess Davis


Jess DavisJess joined the Tobin Project in the summer of 2016 and currently works on the Institutions of Democracy initiative. Jess graduated magna cum laude from Claremont McKenna College with degrees in Philosophy, Politics, & Economics (PPE) and Government, focusing her studies on American constitutionalism and constitutional law. Her senior thesis, which explored the implications of rising income inequality for James Madison’s constitutional design, won Claremont McKenna’s award for the best senior thesis in Government. 

Email: jdavis[at]

Phone: (617) 547-2600



Sam Dunham


Sam DunhamSam joined the Tobin Project in the summer of 2015. He supports a range of Tobin’s initiatives with a special focus on democracy and national security. Sam was a Fellow at the Project on International Peace and Security and a Monroe Scholar at the College of William & Mary, where he graduated with a B.A., summa cum laude, in Government and Economics. His thesis on public tolerance and media framing of political protest won William & Mary’s W. Warner Moss Prize for best thesis in Government.


Email: sdunham[at]

Phone: (617) 301-8922


Emily Feldstein


Emily FeldsteinEmily joined the Tobin Project in the summer of 2016 and currently focuses on the Inequality & Decision Making initiative. As an undergraduate, she engaged in research at the intersection of psychology, linguistics, and neuroscience. For her senior thesis, she examined the role of verbal labels, among other stimuli, in canine object individuation. Emily graduated with a B.S., summa cum laude, in Cognitive Science from Yale University.


Email: efeldstein[at]

Phone: (617) 547-2600


Liam Horsman


Liam Horsman

Liam joined the Tobin Project in the summer of 2017. He contributes to a variety of development and outreach efforts, including the production of Tobin’s annual report and quarterly newsletter. He also assists in the development of Tobin's model for case-based pedagogy. Liam graduated magna cum laude with high honors from Kenyon College, where he majored in English. His senior thesis explored the resurgence of apocalyptic anxieties in contemporary literature, with a focus on how those anxieties reveal the endurance of societal hegemonies.

Email: lhorsman[at]

Phone: (617) 547-2600



Grace Judge


Grace JudgeGrace joined the Tobin Project in the summer of 2016 as a part of the Institutions of Democracy initiative. Previously, she worked for the Mayor's Office in Detroit and wrote her senior thesis on the political construction of the city's 2013 bankruptcy case. Grace graduated with a B.A., summa cum laude, in Politics, Philosophy, & Economics (PPE) from the University of Michigan.

Email: gjudge[at]

Phone: (617) 547-2600