Dr. Alexander Loewi
AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow
Office of the Director
Office of Integrative Activities
Class of 2021–2022
Alexander Loewi is a 2021–2022 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow for the NSF Convergence Accelerator, based in the Office of Integrative Activities within NSF's Office of the Director. The Convergence Accelerator represents a new model of funding within NSF, accelerating use-inspired research to address grand challenges of national importance through partnerships between a variety of stakeholders — academia, industry, nonprofits, government and other sectors. Alex's work at the Accelerator focuses on the criteria used to evaluate, identify and promote successful projects.
Alex earned his Ph.D. in public policy and management at Carnegie Mellon University under David Krackhardt. He holds a B.S. from Stanford University in science, technology and society, with concentrations in physics, chemistry and biology, as well as a minor in computer science. He also holds an M.S. in machine learning, also from Carnegie Mellon University.
Alex is interested foremost in problems of information access and policy decision making, with a particular focus on the characteristics and creation of social relationships. His work uses a range of quantitative and qualitative approaches, including interviews, surveys, field experiments and novel computational methods. Alex's work has received an award for best methodology from the American Political Science Association. He is also a successful entrepreneur, whose company was described as "one of the most important innovations of the  cycle," and has appeared in outlets such as The New York Times, Washington Post, MSNBC, the Atlantic, FiveThirtyEight and others. He lives in Capitol Hill with his wife and their dog.