Katherine B. Aoki


Katherine AokiKatherine joined the Tobin Project in the summer of 2015. Currently, Katherine manages Tobin's operations, contributes to the organization's strategic development, and works with the research team to facilitate Tobin's research initiatives. Katherine 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


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 as a Research Analyst. 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


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




Will Wittels


Will Wittels

Will joined the Tobin Project in the summer of 2014 as a Research Analyst. Will is currently helping to develop new projects on the Institutions of Democracy. As a member of the Tobin research team, he advances the Tobin Project’s research agenda by cultivating and refining research questions, coordinating existing initiatives, and assisting researchers involved in those initiatives. He also manages our Democracy and Markets Graduate Student Forum. He holds a PhD and MA in Political Science from Duke University, where he was also affiliated with the Kenan Institute for Ethics and the Center for European Studies and wrote extensively on the political thought of Niccoló Machiavelli.

Email: wwittels[at]

Phone: (617) 547-2614