I use behavioral science to study the societal risks and potential of synthetic biology.
Hi, I'm Daniel. I am a postdoctoral researcher and fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, where I work with Dr. Megan Palmer to study the societal risks and potential of synthetic biology. I use a combination of data science, survey research, policy analysis, and qualitative methods to help us understand our collective options for regulating synthetic biology.
Previously, I was a behavioral scientist at the Project for Education Research That Scales, where I worked on the Engagement Project - a professional development program to help teachers make their classrooms more engaging, supportive, and meaningful for all students. I also contributed to an R library of data-analysis tools called Gymnast.
I completed a Ph.D. in Education at Stanford in 2018 under Prof. Carol Dweck. In my dissertation, I measured and influenced two novel "employment mindsets" that contribute to adults' motivation to seek out job-skill training.
In my spare time I'm part of the Effective Altruism community, where I explore ways that social science can help address humanity's most pressing problems. I'm currently mentoring three Stanford undergraduates through the Stanford Existential Risks Initiative. I also occasionally blog on Medium.
Education and work history
Center for International Security and Cooperation
2019 - present
Postdoctoral Researcher in Biosecurity & Project Fellow
Supervisors: Megan Palmer and David Relman
Project for Education Research That Scales
2013 - 2019
Data Associate and Program Manager
2013 - 2015
Transformative Learning Technologies Lab
2010 - 2012
2010 - 2018
Ph.D. in Education
Minor in Computer Science
Certificate in Computational Social Science
Advisor: Carol Dweck
2006 - 2010
B.A. in Cognitive Science, Honors
Phi Beta Kappa
CV and Selected Publications
You can download my CV here.
Greene, Daniel. ‘Employment Mindsets for Promoting Job-Skill Training.’ Doctoral dissertation (2018).
Yeager, David, Carissa Romero, Dave Paunesku, Christopher Hulleman, Barbara Schneider, Cintia Hinojosa, Hae Yeon Lee,
Joseph O'Brien, Kate Flint, Alice Roberts, Jill Trott, Daniel Greene, Gregory F. Walton, Carol Dweck. ‘Using Design Thinking to Make Psychological Interventions Ready for Scaling: The Case of the Growth Mindset During the Transition to High School.’ Journal of Experimental Psychology (2015).
Greene, Daniel, and Dave Paunesku. “Changing Mindsets to Raise Achievement: The Stanford University Project for Education Research That Scales.” Society for Personality and Social Psychology Blog (2014).
Thille, Candace, Emily Schneider, Rene Kizilcec, Chris Piech, Sherif Halawa, and Daniel Greene. ‘The Future of Data Enriched Assessment.’ Research and Practice in Assessment, 9(2), 5-16. (2014)
Invited Talks and Other Media
Media coverage and popular writing from my earlier work: