Ruth Elisabeth Appel

Cohort class of 2022-2023

Ruth Elisabeth Appel

Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Stanford University

Ruth Appel is a PhD Candidate at Stanford University who combines insights and methods from psychology, political science and computer science to develop and evaluate evidence-based interventions to promote the common good. She is particularly passionate about preventing the spread of misinformation, encouraging political participation, promoting wellbeing and mental health, and addressing ethical challenges related to new technologies.

Her current research projects include an online game to combat vaccine misinformation, a study of how partisanship affects content moderation preferences, and she has written about the ethics and privacy implications of new technologies.

She gained work experience as a UX Research Intern at Google, as a Research Associate at theCenter for Advanced Hindsight at Duke University, and as an Intern at the EU Delegation to the UN in New York. She holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Science Po Paris and a B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Mannheim. As Vice President of the Stanford German Student Association, she is involved in building transatlantic bridges.

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