Research At Siegel

We support research projects and scholars in academia, think tanks, and nonprofit institutions that align with our interest areas, while building our own in-house research capacity.
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We believe

The impact potential of a philanthropic organization goes beyond the individual impact of specific grants or even broader strategies.

A well-functioning philanthropy is also a learning organization. It should learn from successes as well as failures, connect the dots between issue silos and sectors, be humble about what it knows, and identify gaps in knowledge that need to be filled. It is our goal that advancing knowledge in our grantmaking interest areas will lead to better decision making for ourselves and other funders, as well as for policy makers, and leaders in the private and nonprofit sectors. 


We are focused on three core activities. 


We deploy grants to support people and institutions working on projects of mutual interest, and leverage our internal research capacity to elevate and connect the knowledge produced to the stakeholders who need it. Our internal research efforts sit at the intersection of proactive research and information synthesis, focusing on longer-term trends and fundamental questions facing society and the economy. 


We contribute novel insights guided by a diverse range of approaches that add nuance to the state of knowledge and debate. In our information-rich world, there are many places to find in-depth information on any particular topic. Our work will undertake projects that connect the dots between issue areas in ways that are unconventional and actionable. 


We aim to support and convene networks of researchers as well as to be active contributing members of those networks as researchers ourselves. In today’s rapidly-evolving world, sharing ideas, combining and recombining hunches, and working across ideological and disciplinary boundaries are more important than ever.

Our Research Areas

Our research interests lie at the intersection of technology and social sciences, and include questions around intelligence, information, innovation, development, decisions, and design. These interests guide our research-oriented grantmaking, our External Fellows Program, and our internal research. 

In each of these areas

We ask how technology can be shaped and deployed in ways that better society.

We believe that the path of technological innovation is not set in stone, but rather guided by decisions made by us all. Our goal is to help inform those that are developing innovations, those that deploy new technologies, and those that set policies and guidelines across sectors.

Siegel Family Endowment is proud to introduce our third cohort of Partner Research Fellows.

Selected by leading institutions that have received support from our grantmaking, the fellows explore instrumental research questions underpinning our grantmaking while bolstering our in-house research capabilities. The fellows participate in research projects with support from the foundation through research seminars, hosting events, and sharing content that sheds light on their work and interest areas with our larger community. Follow along on our Research Insights page and the fellows’ social channels.

Basileal Imana

Basileal Imana is a postdoctoral research associate at Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University. His research interests broadly…

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Breanna Green

Breanna E. Green is a PhD Candidate in the Information Science department of Cornell University. Her background in psychology paired…

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Caroline Sinders

Caroline Sinders is an award winning critical designer, researcher, and artist. They’re the founder of human rights and design lab,…

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Christian Edlagan

Christian Edlagan is the associate director of academic programs at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. He is responsible for…

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Dylan Nelson

Dylan Nelson is a postdoc at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Work and Organization Studies Area. His research examines…

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Eleanor Tursman

Eleanor Tursman is an Emerging Technologies Researcher at The Aspen Institute, where they work at the intersection of novel technologies,…

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Megan Shahi

Megan Shahi is the director of Technology Policy at American Progress. She has extensive experience across the U.S. public and…

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Hannah Waight

Hannah is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Social Media and Politics (CSMaP) at New York University. She received…

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Michaela Henley

Michaela is a results-driven, service-minded professional who has committed her life to serving people and working towards social equity by…

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Nick Logler

Nick Logler is a postdoctoral researcher working in the Tech Policy Lab at the University of Washington. His research sits…

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Ranjit Singh

Ranjit Singh is a senior researcher at Data & Society, focused on qualitative research for the Algorithmic Impact Methods Lab…

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Sara M. Watson

Sara is a technology critic and industry analyst. Her intersectional career covering data, privacy, and tech policy bridges industry, policy,…

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Seungwoong Ha

Seungwoong is an Applied Complexity Postdoctoral Fellow at Santa Fe Institute (SFI). His interests range from statistical physics, complex systems,…

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Yvonne Eadon

Dr. Eadon (she/her) obtained her MLIS and PhD in Information Studies from UCLA. Her dissertation, titled “‘They Are the Conspiracy…

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