Graham Gottlieb will dedicate his fellowship year to studying approaches to deepen the integration of behavioral science and federal-level public policy. One area of focus will be a comparative study of federal laboratory bureaucracies that generate and use new knowledge to improve societal well-being. Through this comparison, he will seek to identify organizational reforms, as well as new policy mechanisms, that could increase the ease with which outside knowledge, expertise, and funding can flow to the government specifically for the creation of behaviorally-informed policy.
A second area of focus will be identifying ways that federal technology policy can be used to extend the reach of behavioral science. Increasing efforts to incorporate more behavioral science into public policy underscore the need to make sure these theories and approaches are representative of the behaviors and lives of the populations that government agencies serve, particularly historically marginalized communities.
Gottlieb is a public policy practitioner who has spent the last ten years working at the intersection of behavioral science, technology, and policy. Most recently, he worked on digital inclusion issues at the United States Agency for International Development. Prior to serving at USAID, Gottlieb created the Behavioral Science and Assessment unit at Climate Central, a leading climate communications organization. Earlier, he worked for three years in the Obama White House and engaged in research on risk perception and environmental policy at the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions at Columbia University. He is a graduate of Princeton University.