About Me

I design experiments and technologies to explore the ways in which online platforms can influence the attitudes, beliefs, and behavior of individuals and groups. Currently, I'm a student in the world's first Network Science PhD program at Northeastern University. My advisers are Christo Wilson, a computer scientist, and David Lazer, a political scientist.

The research I've been involved with has been published in journals including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Proceedings of the ACM: Human-Computer Interaction, Journal of Technology in Human Services, Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice, and the Proceedings of the Web Conference (WWW), Web and Society.

Before Northeastern, I spent four and a half years in San Diego, CA working closely with Robert Epstein, former Editor-in-Chief of Psychology Today and the last doctoral student of B.F. Skinner. During my time with Dr. Epstein at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology (AIBRT) I co-authored six peer-reviewed journal articles and 21 accepted conference abstracts, helped establish the institute's business (legal, administrative, and accounting) and Institutional Review Board (independent reviews for human-subjects research) procedures, and managed and mentored 20 research assistants.

Feel free to drop me a line at rer@ccs.neu.edu if you'd like to get in touch or talk about a project or idea.


My CV can be found here

Code I've written and documented can be found here