Posted on October 16, 2016; Last updated on November 12, 2017
With its nationwide grassroots and campaign offices engaged in a diverse portfolio of activism strategies, The Humane League, together with its research arm, Humane League Labs, is uniquely well-positioned to instrument measurement into its activism and advance research on effectiveness. The staff at The Humane League and its independent subcontractors participate in the work of Humane League Labs in myriad ways. They produce the content for testing including video ads, presentations, leaflets, guides and web sites. They integrate measurement into their outreach and campaign activities and they participate in gathering data through field research. Their work is central to the mission of Humane League Labs because helping them help animals better is what motivates its research.
In the coming years, we expect the number of our personnel at Humane League Labs to grow as our research agenda expands in breadth and depth.
Humane League Labs personnel
Director, Humane League Labs
Harish joined Humane League Labs in 2016 and is serving in volunteer capacity as its Director. He obtained his bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, and his Ph.D. in computer engineering from Lehigh University. Harish began his career working for IBM Corporation helping build the fastest computer in the world at the time, best known for Deep Blue and its winning chess match against Kasparov. Harish has more than 25 years of experience as a researcher and has co-authored more than 70 peer-reviewed technical publications in the research literature. He teaches and conducts research at a large private university in the areas of web security, data science, and social computing. Harish is a member of the board of The Humane League and is the author of the blog Counting Animals. He can be reached at hsethu at thehumaneleague dot org.
Jacob joined Humane League Labs in March of 2017. He earned a B.Sc. in Computational and Integrative Biology, summa cum laude, from Rutgers University in 2016 and started his career at a marketing analytics start-up, working as a software developer and data scientist. During his undergraduate degree, Jacob worked on a broad array of projects, spanning biochemistry, computational biology, bioinformatics, genetics, soft-matter physics and historical research. His strengths include programming, statistics, machine learning and experiment design. He can be reached at jpeacock at thehumaneleague dot org.
Ryan Melvin began working with Humane League Labs in July of 2017 as a Research Affiliate. He holds a B.S. in Physics and a B.A. in Religion-Philosophy from Birmingham-Southern College. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, Ryan is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Physics and an M.A. candidate in Statistics at Wake Forest University. He specializes in simulation and analysis of biological systems for the development of anti-cancer therapeutics and novel random-walk-based statistics on networks for targeted interventions. He has published original research and novel analysis methods in biology, chemistry, physics and statistics journals.
In late 2017, we will announce an additional position of a full-time Economist to help guide farm animal advocacy through observational and experimental research. The Economist will work at the intersection of behavioral economics, agricultural economics and econometrics to plan, design, and conduct studies assessing the feasibility, impact, costs and benefits of advocacy options. The posting will be announced on The Humane League's page on job openings.
In late 2017 or early 2018, we will announce an additional position of a full-time Social Scientist to further expand our research agenda and launch new experiments grounded in well-developed insights into psychological principles, theories, methods, and data. The Social Scientist (ideally an applied psychologist) will apply their professional knowledge to hypothesis generation, qualitative survey designs, message/intervention development, attitude assessments, and research execution. The posting will be announced on The Humane League's page on job openings.