Leverage Research Staff

Geoff Anders

Executive Director

Geoff founded Leverage Research in 2011 to fund independent research aimed at improving the world. His current research covers psychology, sociology, and scientific and theoretical methodology. He is working on tracing the ideological development of Western civilization since the Enlightenment to provide a context for understanding the current state of science. Geoff also leads Paradigm Academy, a startup incubator with a focus on training founders. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from Rutgers University and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School.

Mindy McTeigue

Chief Operating Officer

Mindy oversees the current programs at Leverage Research, while contributing research to the organization's early stage science and psychology research programs. In her free time, she is Chief of Staff at Paradigm Academy and enjoys reading history. Previously, she's done work in engineering and as a community organizer in the Effective Altruism movement. Mindy graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi from Duke University where she studied philosophy and electrical and computer engineering.

Kerry Vaughan

Program Manager, Early Stage Science

Kerry studies the methodology of research in young fields and the process by which fields develop into late stage scientific disciplines. As Program Manager he sets the direction for the early stage science research program and its engagement with relevant academic fields such as the history and philosophy of science. Previously, Kerry worked on movement building for an international charity, was a member of YCombinator’s 2017 class, and managed technology projects for a major foundation. He also spent a year playing poker professionally. Kerry holds a PhD in philosophy from Rice University.

Larissa Hesketh-Rowe

Public Engagement Specialist and Program Manager, Research Fellows

Larissa coordinates public engagement for Leverage Research and manages the Research Fellows program. She is the point of contact for people interested in learning more about or collaborating with Leverage Research. She has a background in corporate and non-profit marketing, communications, and management. Previously, Larissa was CEO of an international charity, coordinating a community of people investigating how we can do the most good with our money and time. Larissa graduated from the University of Sussex where she studied Politics and Sociology.

Research Fellows

2019-2020 Program

Jonathan Wallis

Research Fellow

Jonathan Wallis studies the development and impact of social technology. His interests include the development of a Kuhnian paradigm for culture, the impact of belief systems on institutional morale, and ethnogenesis (the origin of new societies and cultures). Jonathan has given talks on the strategy of institutional design, military history, and historical education systems.

Dodson Morgenthaler

Research Fellow

Dodson Morgenthaler studies the relationship between the mind and the body. He experiments with embodiment practices like the Feldenkrais method, yoga, the Wim Hof method, and breath work, and seeks to understand them in the context of modern neuroscience. He hopes to develop a function-oriented theory of embodiment that can be used to create practices for improving psychological and physical health. Dodson graduated with honors from Emory University with a Bachelors of Science in Biology.

Nihal Singh

Research Fellow

Nihal Singh is creating an actionable compendium of GurSikh doctrine. He is also writing an original work of political philosophy aimed at rekindling the virtues necessary to sustain free institutions and secure civilizational flourishing. Nihal has published and spoken on free speech and religious liberty, and periodically leads topical seminars drawing on the great books. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with highest honors in political science from the University of California at Berkeley, where he served as founding president of the ISI Burke Society. Nihal is a recipient of the Preston A. Wells Leadership Award and is an accomplished exponent of Sikh sacred music.

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