OpenResearch is a nonprofit research organization with a startup mentality.

We ask complex, open-ended questions. 

Focus on Impact 

Our focus is on pivotal, unanswered questions, drawing on the strengths of traditional academic research with the operational experiences of startups, to fill knowledge gaps.

Driving new discussions 

Research institutions can be better than they are today. From methodology to results, our work is designed to be comprehensive and accessible. We think of research as a public good. We aim to share data, findings, and insights widely to inspire new discussions and share our datasets to benefit the research community.

Within the bigger picture 

We are an independent research organization that provides scientific freedom for researchers and leads with questions, not conclusions. We partner with individuals, nonprofits, and academic institutions to achieve and communicate the most comprehensive and nuanced outcomes.

A new model for research grounded in real-world questions 

Leading OpenResearch's Unconditional Income Study from feasibility pilots and research design to implementation and findings dissemination

Our core team prioritizes impact-orientation, balancing curiosity with academic rigor.

Tess Cotter

Strategy & Operations Manager

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Aristia Kinis

Director of Strategy & Partnerships

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Patrick Krause

Data Director

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Joshua Lin

Data Associate

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Yesenia Vargas

Qualitative Researcher

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OpenResearch works side-by-side with interdisciplinary academic partners to enrich our work.

Alex Bartik

Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Research Affiliate of the Poverty Lab at the University of Chicago

David Broockman

Principal Investigator

Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley

Sarah Miller

Principal Investigator

Associate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the University of Michigan

Sandra Smith

Qualitative Principal Investigator

Daniel & Florence Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University

Eva Vivalt

Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Toronto

Jessica Wiederspan

Qualitative Principal Investigator

Senior Qualitative Researcher, PhD in Sociology and Social Work from the University of Michigan

An assembly of experts guides our research.

Marianne Bertrand

Chris P. Dialynas Distinguished Service Professor of Economics and Willard Graham Faculty Scholar at the University of Chicago

Ed Dolan

Senior Fellow at the Niskanen Center

Greg Duncan

Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine

Natalie Foster

Co-chair of the Economic Security Project

David Grusky

Barbara Kimball Browning Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, Professor of Sociology, Senior Fellow of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, Director of the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, and coeditor of Pathways Magazine

Lawrence Katz

Elisabeth Allison Professor of Economics at Harvard University

Connie Razza

Executive Director at Future Currents

Rachel Schneider

Omidyar Network Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program (FSP)

Luke Shaefer

Director of Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan, Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, School of Social Work and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Eldar Shafir

Class of 1987 Professor in Behavioral Science and Public Policy, Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs, Inaugural Director of the Kahneman-Treisman Center for Behavioral Science & Public Policy at Princeton University

Sandra Smith

Daniel & Florence Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University

Michael Strain

Director of Economic Policy Studies and John G. Searle Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute

Tavneet Suri

Associate Professor of Applied Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management

Alford Young, Jr.

Associate Director of Center for Social Solutions, Arthur F Thurnau Professor, Edgar G. Epps Collegiate Professor of Sociology, Professor of Afroamerican and African studies, Professor of Public Policy at the University of Michigan

Our board is instrumental in supporting the mission of the organization and in advocating for the importance of research.

Sam Altman

Board Member

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Chris Clark

Board Member; Chief Operating Officer

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