Maria Carnovale is a Lecturer at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a freelance writer. She studies and writes about the policy guardrails that are necessary for public interest technology to maximize well-being without damaging individuals and communities.

An economist by training, after receiving her PhD in Public Policy from Duke University in 2019, she joined SAIS as a postdoctoral fellow. In 2020, she was a Lead Policy Analyst at the Duke Initiative for Science and Society, before joining the Harvard Kennedy School as a Technology and Human Rights Fellow. In 2021 she served as Vice President at the Institute for Technology and Global Health, leading the communications team.

Her work focuses on the complex interplay between markets and regulations and how it influences policy outcomes. This work was shaped by her internship at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and it combines her policy outlook and the ability to conceptually think about the impact of technological innovation gained through her MS in Economics of Innovation and Technology from Università Bocconi, in Milan, Italy.

Sometimes she tweets or shares what she finds interesting on LinkedIn. You can get in touch by emailing at