<aside> 📌 Our mission

The Progress Studies Fellowship aims to create a community of individuals committed to exploring and contributing to human prosperity. We seek to encourage discussions on technological and scientific innovation and foster a deeper understanding of the mechanisms behind human advancement. Readings will investigate historical examples of progress, the implications of economic growth on moral progress, industrial policy, and the relationship between technological progress and societal change.


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About us


Laura Messner is a third-year undergrad at Columbia studying Economics and Mathematics. She is pursuing research on the economics of AI and is interested in market competition, innovation, and economic growth. She previously co-led a think tank and researched AI's long-term potential influence on legal evolution. She enjoys reading and occasionally writing about ethics and etymology.


Keishi Kimura is a fourth-year undergrad at the University of Chicago studying Economics. He is pursuing applied econometrics to inform evidence-based R&D and national security policymaking. He currently conducts energy policy research under Professor Michael Greenstone and has previously researched industrial policy and supply chain security for semiconductors. He enjoys weightlifting and meditation.

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Dominic Sobhani is a student and machine learning researcher. He is interested in causal inference, development economics, and history.


Jay Ram is a fourth-year undergrad at Columbia studying CS. He reads a lot of history and thinks a lot about the future of AI. He previously worked at a quant firm and loves reading Paul Graham.

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