CFAR Instructors


Anna Salamon

Anna has previously done machine learning research for NASA and applied mathematics research on the statistics of phage metagenomics. She holds a degree in mathematics from UC Santa Barbara.

Timothy Telleen-Lawton

Timothy spent 4 years in research, operations, and management at GiveWell. He also lobbied for Environment America, wrote policy reports for Frontier Group, and ran political campaign offices. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford.

Eli Tyre

Eli's deeply committed to making the world better, in whatever way he can. His current focus is developing frameworks for bridging deep intractable-seeming disagreements and for transferring tacit knowledge between people. He's also been thinking about the history of science and bridgings between phenomenology and neuroscience.

Dan Keys

Dan has researched the psychology of judgment and decision making and published a paper on the science of human rationality. He holds a master’s degree in social psychology from Cornell and a BA in mathematics and statistics from Swarthmore.

Elizabeth Garrett

Elizabeth is an aspiring dicentenarian, former unschooler, and the current Chief of the awesome Event Horizon house in Berkeley.

Adam Scholl

Adam has previously worked in politics, journalism and startups. He aspires to live in Star Wars and loves slime mold, ctenophores, weird timbres, metaethics, working memory optimization, David Attenborough, logical empiricism, swarms, sensible incentive structures and weddell seals.

Luke Raskopf

After studying Political Science at Duke, Luke spent a year teaching English in Spain on a Fulbright scholarship. He recently joined CFAR to become an instructor, run workshop operations, and manage miscellaneous projects. He can be found exploring methods of communication and introspection, climbing trees, and making music.

Logan Brienne Strohl

Logan studied formal logic and philosophy in school. Their work emphasizes applied phenomenology, as does most everything else they do. When they grow up, they want to be a low-gravity ballet choreographer, among other things.

Davis Kingsley

Davis likes rationality, Stoicism, and people with coherent and unusual life philosophies.

Qiaochu Yuan

Qiaochu was a Ph.D. student in mathematics at UC Berkeley on an NSF fellowship with an extensive background in category theory, algebraic topology, and related subjects. He has written thousands of answers to other people's questions about mathematics on Quora, MathOverflow, and math.stackexchange.

Ben Goldhaber

Ben received his Bachelor's in Science, Technology, and International Affairs from Georgetown University. He currently works at Google as a Technical Solutions Consultant. In his free time he enjoys brainstorming what the worst startup idea of all time would be.

Tsvi Benson-Tilsen

Tsvi Benson-Tilsen studies mathematics at UC Berkeley and researches how to design safe artificial intelligence systems at the Machine Intelligence Research Institute. He knows many riddles and can sometimes be found jumping, climbing, and/or wandering.

Matt Graves

Matt worked as a data scientist in industry before becoming a staff writer for MIRI. His interests are in machine learning, efficiency, rationality, and the future. He has degrees in operations research, physics, and economics.

Eric Rogstad

Eric likes math puzzles, racquet sports, and people. He spends his days making His quest is to understand the Universe, and he's surprisingly capable of juggling.

Former Instructors

Julia Galef

Michael "Valentine" Smith

Duncan Sabien

Andrew Critch

Kenzi Amodei

Lauren Lee

Cat Lavigne

Leah Libresco

Steph Zolayvar

Oliver Habryka

Jordan Tirrell