Katherine B. Aoki


Katherine Aoki

Kate 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]

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 to cultivate rigorous, problem-oriented research aimed at understanding and addressing some of the most urgent challenges facing American society. He directs the Tobin Project’s research activities throughout our four core initiatives and works with scholars across disciplines to develop new lines of inquiry. He also oversees our graduate student programs and corresponds with policymakers and thought leaders outside of academia to build new avenues for innovative scholarship that contributes to public discourse, policymaking, and civic education. John is the co-editor of New Perspectives on Regulation (The Tobin Project, 2009) with David Moss. 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



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



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 creation of Tobin’s annual Update and quarterly Scholar Newsletter. He also manages the website and assists in Tobin’s work on case-based pedagogy. Liam graduated magna cum laude with high honors from Kenyon College, where he majored in English.

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



Emma Kromm


Emma KrommEmma joined the Tobin Project in the summer of 2018 as a part of the Economic Inequality and Institutions of Democracy initiatives. Emma graduated with a B.A., cum laude, from Harvard College with high honors in Social Studies. Her senior thesis explored the effects of meritocratic sorting on the economic attitudes of elite college students. Previously, Emma worked as a Reporter at the Institute for Southern Studies and as a Director’s Intern in the Office of the Secretary of the Interior.

Email: ekromm[at]

Phone: (617) 547-2600



Joel Michaels


Joel Michaels

Joel joined the Tobin Project in the summer of 2018 and currently works on the Economic Inequality and Government & Markets initiatives. Joel graduated with a B.A. with high honors from the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University. His senior thesis compared welfare state retrenchment across different post-industrial economies. Previously, Joel worked on labor policy issues for the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Email: jmichaels[at]

Phone: (617) 547-2600



Zoe Rubin


Zoe RubinZoe joined the Tobin Project in the summer of 2017 and currently works on the Institutions of Democracy initiative. She graduated with a B.A., magna cum laude, from Yale College, where her senior essay on the modern human rights movement received the History Department’s Andrew D. White Prize. Previously, she researched policy challenges at the intersection of business and human rights as a Gordon Grand Fellow. 

Email: zrubin[at]

Phone: (617) 547-2600