Alessandra Casella is a professor in the Department of Economics and the Department of Political Science at Columbia University and founder and director of the Columbia Experimental Lab for Social Science (CELSS). She is a fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research (Cambridge) and the Center for Economic Policy Research (London). She received her PhD in economics from MIT in 1989, taught at UC Berkeley before moving to Columbia in 1993, and held the position of Directeur d’ Etudes (temps partiel) at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Sciences Sociales (EHESS) (Paris and Marseilles) from 1996 to 2010.
Professor Casella's main research interests are political economy, public economics, and experimental economics. She has been the recipient of numerous fellowships: she has been a Straus fellow at the NYU Law School, a Guggenheim fellow, a member of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Princeton, and a Russell Sage fellow. Her book Storable Votes. Protecting the Minority Voice was published by Oxford University Press in 2012.
Alessandra Casella is a member of the Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience Advisory Committee.