Horizon Academic: Senior Instructors
Horizon Academic simulates a university-level research class, with classes of 3-6 students taught by a professor or lecturer with decades of teaching experience. Students develop individualized research projects of their own choosing and design.
Assistant Professor and Director of Studies (Economics) at University of Cambridge
Edoardo Gallo is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Cambridge and the Ajit Singh Official Fellow in Economics at Queens' College, Cambridge. He is also an Associate Member at Nuffield College (Oxford) and a Fellow at the Cambridge Endowment for Research in Finance. His research sits at the intersection of the economics of networks, experimental economics, and behavioral economics. The fundamental question it investigates is how the structure of social networks causally affects individual behavior and economic outcomes in a wide range of contexts. Prior to coming to Cambridge, he was a Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church (Oxford) and completed his A.B. in Physics and Mathematics at Harvard University. He has taught political economy, behavioral economics, networks, economic theory and mathematics at the University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, and Harvard University. Gallo earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Oxford.
Research Assistant Professor at Dartmouth College
David Rezvani has previously taught at Harvard University, MIT, Oxford University, and Boston University. He is also the author of Surpassing the Sovereign State: The Wealth, Self-Rule, and Security Advantages of Partially Independent Territories (Oxford University Press, 2014). Rezvani’s research interests include political integration, Asian politics, and US foreign policy. His work has appeared in the Political Science Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Ethnopolitics, and the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. He has held research fellowships at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and has won research grants from Harvard University, Oxford University, Trinity College, the Smith Richardson Foundation, Boston College, and Hong Kong University. As a speaker of English, Mandarin Chinese, and Persian, he has conducted fieldwork in Europe, China, and the Middle East. He earned his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford.
Lecturer at Harvard University Extension School, Former Lecturer at Stanford University
James Truncer has taught environmental engineering and environmental systems collapse courses at Harvard since 2012. Prior to teaching at Harvard, he was a lecturer at Stanford University for 9 years, where he taught similar courses. Truncer has also conducted archaeological research in North America and India and published his findings in academic journals, edited volumes, and monographs. His work has led to an interest in sustainability issues with regard to changing agricultural production, urbanization, resource use, and systems collapse. He earned his Ph.D. in Archaeology from the University of Washington.
Horizon Labs focuses on more specialized topics and is one-on-one and thus more open-ended. Horizon Labs allows students to get individualized mentorship from instructors who are on the front lines of PhD-level research, often who are in the process of completing their own PhD or postdoctoral research. These instructors are more intimately acquainted with the latest studies, the most relevant data sets, and the most interesting perspectives being introduced in their respective fields.
PhD Researcher at University of Cambridge
Parsa Akbari is a PhD student in Statistical Genetics currently at Downing College at the University of Cambridge. Parsa has both academic and commercial experience in the application of statistical analysis to generate commercial and scientific value. In the past Parsa has worked for UCB Biopharma to develop Machine Learning algorithms predicting the side effects of drug compounds, and has worked as a consultant role with organisations based in Beijing, New York and Los Angeles providing training and advice in the implementation of statistical models. Parsa co-founded an online technology platform allowing the open source online generation of content by users which was sold in 2013. Parsa contributes to Downing Enterprise with his strong links to the entrepreneurial community in Cambridge including as president of the Cambridge Data Society, connection to the Judge Business School via the Accelerate programme, and previous role as Information Officer of the Cambridge Technology and Enterprise Society.
Preceptor at Columbia University
César Cabezas Gamarra is Preceptor at Columbia University's Center for the Core Curriculum and teaches the renowned 'Contemporary Civilization' course at Columbia. He is a PhD candidate in the Philosophy Department at Columbia University. The core of Cabezas Gamarra's research lies at the intersection of philosophy of race, social and political philosophy, and philosophy of social science. In addition, he is interested in ethics, social epistemology and feminist philosophy. He is currently finishing his dissertation on structural racism and durable racial inequality.
PhD candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Erika DeBenedictis is a PhD candidate in the Department of Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She uses directed evolution to expand the genetic code to include chemically diverse amino acids. To enable this work, she develops technologies for accelerating biological research using laboratory robotics. In addition, she researches the molecular basis of CRISPR, and is interested in the ethics of applying gene editing techniques.
PhD researcher at the University of Oxford; Commissioning Editor, Hurst Publishers
Alasdair Craig is a PhD candidate in philosophy at the University of Oxford. His work focuses on the philosophy of perception, and uses both cognitive science and philosophy to better understand the nature of our perceptual contact with the world. He has taught courses in Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Cognitive Science, and Logic at the University of Oxford. He has also served as a Commissioning Editor of Hurst Publishers. He holds an MA in Philosophy from Kings College London and a BA in History from the University of Oxford.
These talented individuals will be assisting you alongside your assigned mentor as you complete your Horizon Project
Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Cambridge
B.A., M.A., and PhD University of Siena
Economics Course Assistant
B.A. from Bowdoin College
M.A. from University of Oxford
International Relations Course Assistant
B.A. from Tufts University, NRDC Fellow
Environmental Science Course Assistant
M.A. from Florida International University; B.A. from Shandong University of Finance and Economics;
B.A. from Swarthmore College
Global Outreach Lead
M.A. from Peking University HSBC Business School
B.A. from University of Miami
North America Outreach Lead
B.A. from Juniata College
M.S. from Stanford University
B.A. from Columbia University
Program Advisor, Former Program Director