About me

Maria_SmallI am a Lead Policy Analyst at the Duke Initiative for Science and Society where I study current policies related to Data Security and Emerging Technology in collaboration with the Duke Center for Science at Technology Policy. An economist by training, my work focuses on the social and ethical implications of recent technology and privacy regulation.

During the 2020-21 academic year I will serve as Technology and Human Rights Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

After receiving my PhD in Public Policy from the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy in 2019, I joined the Johns Hopkins School of Advance International Studies as a Postdoctoral Fellow. My PhD and postdoctoral research studied market power in the platform economy, an economy dominated by large intermediaries. It shows how market power of large intermediaries alters the distributional effects of policies meant to protect vulnerable groups — like production workers. The genesis of this work was conceived during an internship at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and it combined my policy outlook with the economic thinking on the impact of technological innovation gained through the MS in Economics and Management of Innovation and Technology from Università Bocconi, in Milan, Italy.


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