Stanford RAN Team

The Stanford RAN team is an interdisciplinary team comprised of the following departments and research institutes:


Center for Deliberative Democracy

James FishkinJim Fishkin
Principal Investigator

James S. Fishkin holds the Janet M. Peck Chair in International Communication at Stanford University where he is Professor of Communication and Professor of Political Science. He is also Director of Stanford’s Center for Deliberative Democracy and Chair of the Dept of Communication.

Fishkin received his B.A. from Yale in 1970 and holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale as well as a second Ph.D. in Philosophy from Cambridge.

He is the author of a number of books including Democracy and Deliberation: New Directions for Democratic Reform (1991), The Dialogue of Justice (1992 ), The Voice of the People: Public Opinion and Democracy (1995). With Bruce Ackerman he is co-author of Deliberation Day (Yale Press, 2004). His most recent book When the People Speak: Deliberative Democracy and Public Consultation was published by Oxford University Press in fall 2009.

He is best known for developing Deliberative Polling® – a practice of public consultation that employs random samples of the citizenry to explore how opinions would change if they were more informed. Professor Fishkin and his collaborators have conducted Deliberative Polls in the US, Britain, Australia, Denmark, Bulgaria, China, Greece and other countries.

Fishkin has been a Visiting Fellow Commoner at Trinity College, Cambridge as well as a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington and a Guggenheim Fellow. In 2014 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


aliceAlice Siu
Associate Director, Center for Deliberative Democracy

Alice Siu is the Associate Director for the Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford University. The Center for Deliberative Democracy is devoted to research about democracy and public opinion obtained through Deliberative Polling. Alice received her Ph.D. from the Department of Communication at Stanford University, with focus in political communication, deliberative democracy and public opinion.

Kathleen GilesKathleen Giles
Manager, Center for Deliberative Democracy






Change Labs

Banny BanerjeeBanny Banerjee
Founder & Director

Banny Banerjee is a world expert in design and innovation with over 20 years of industry and academic experience. Having worked at IDEO, the foremost global design and innovation firm, for over 9 years, creating novel experiences, crafting futures, and shaping design strategy projects across a variety of industries around the globe.

As Director of the Stanford Design Program, Banny has been highly influential in creating educational experiences that incorporate design thinking into catalyzing systemic change. In his newest course, “Collaborating with the Future: Innovating Large-Scale, Sustainable Transformation,” students develop strategic visions for and launch large-scale transformation initiatives with industry partners.

As the world faces increasingly complex challenges that require new ways of thinking, working, and collaborating, Banny has focused his academic career on developing radically new processes and toolsets for bringing about large-scale, sustainable impact. To put theory into practice, he founded Stanford ChangeLabs which applies and advances theory through industry projects and inter-departmental collaborations in the areas of behavioral sciences, social economics, systems analysis, management science, engineering, and art.

Originally trained as an architect, Banny started his career in India in architecture and structural engineering, building adobe housing for the rural poor and low embodied energy systems. He then went on to receive graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Design, where his interests in digital and physical experiences led him to Xerox PARC working on ambient media and physical computing.

Eager to make discoveries at the intersection of fields, Banny has worked across a broad range of disciplines — architecture, energy analysis, software design, structural engineering, industrial design, design strategy, MEMs applications, nanotechnology, furniture design, object semiotics, low-cost structural systems, sustainable design, appropriate technology for developing economies, organizational transformation, and technology strategy and art.

Banny is a sought out speaker world-wide on large-scale transformation, innovation, design thinking, co-creation, the dynamics of rapid change, sustainble design, and technology futures.


Theo Gibbs
Systems Design Associate



Matt LevyMatt Levy
Strategy and Systems Consultant







Keith DevlinKeith Devlin
Executive Director H-STAR

Dr. Keith Devlin is a co-founder and Executive Director of the university’s H-STAR institute, a co-founder of the Stanford Media X research network, and a Senior Researcher at CSLI. He is a World Economic Forum Fellow, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. His current research is focused on the use of different media to teach and communicate mathematics to diverse audiences. In this connection, he is a co-founder and President of an educational technology company, BrainQuake, that creates mathematics learning video games. He also works on the design of information/reasoning systems for intelligence analysis. Other research interests include: theory of information, models of reasoning, applications of mathematical techniques in the study of communication, and mathematical cognition. He has written 32 books and over 80 published research articles. Recipient of the Pythagoras Prize, the Peano Prize, the Carl Sagan Award, and the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics Communications Award. In 2003, he was recognized by the California State Assembly for his “innovative work and longtime service in the field of mathematics and its relation to logic and linguistics.” He is an advisor on issues of mathematics learning and assessment using video games for GlassLab and ETS. He is “the Math Guy” on National Public Radio.

June FloraJune Flora
Senior Research Scientist, H-STAR

Dr. Flora is a senior research scientist at H-STAR Institute at Stanford University. Her research and work focuses primarily on the study and development of energy reduction and conservation interventions. This work is funded by the Department of Energy, with Byron Reeves Ph.D. as principal investigator. The Energy Reductions through Sensors, Feedback and Information Technology initiative is composed of 12 research projects: 8 interventions, 2 data modeling and 2 foundational research programs.  Flora also has developed and evaluated a high school youth climate change program where teens develop an edutainment curriculum and teach younger teens about the science of climate change, and personal behavior change in energy, transportation and food. With 20+ years at Stanford University Department of Communication and Stanford Prevention Research Center, Dr. Flora brings an extensive background and publication record in health communication and social marketing to the field of energy reduction.


Margarita QuihuisMargarita Quihuis
Co-Director, Peace Innovation Lab

A social entrepreneur and mentor capitalist, Margarita Quihuis’s career has focused on innovation, technology incubation, access to capital and entrepreneurship. Her accomplishments include being the first director of Astia (formerly known as the Women’s Technology Cluster), a business incubator where her portfolio companies raised $67 million in venture funding, venture capitalist, Reuters Fellow at Stanford, and Director of RI Labs for Ricoh Innovations. She is currently a member of the research team at Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab, and co-directs the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab where she conducts research on innovation, mass collaboration, persuasive technology & the potential of social networks to change society for the better. Her projects have included the study of collaboration and citizen engagement to foster government innovation – Manor Labs, bottoms-up post-disaster response and recovery – Relief 2.0 and advisory roles in citizen psy-op efforts such as the the Israel Loves Iran and Romancing the Border social media campaigns.  She is currently part of the working group for the Stanford/Naval Postgraduate School/US Army Governance Innovation for Security and Development research project.

She is a recognized thought leader in the areas of innovation, emergent social behavior and technology and has been part of Deloitte’s On Social Roundtable and Aspen Institute’s Dialogue on Open Innovation and Dialogue on Diplomacy and Technology.

As Director of R I Labs for Ricoh Innovations she created a consumer focused innovation lab that focused on new market opportunities from generational behavior (Millenials), cloud and mobile computing, emerging social technologies, crowdsourcing and open innovation.


Mark Nelson
Co-Director, Peace Innovation Lab

Former relief-worker, investment banker, and social entrepreneur, Mark Nelson founded and co-directs Stanford Peace Innovation Lab, where he researches mass collaboration and mass interpersonal persuasion. Mark focuses on designing, catalyzing, incentivizing, and generating resources to scale up collective positive human behavior change. He has described a functional, quantitative definition of peace, in terms of technology-mediated engagement episode quantity and quality across social difference lines; he has identified innovative, automated ways to measure peace, both at the neighborhood and global level; and he has developed a formal structural description for Peace Data. He leads the Global OPEN Social Sensor Array project, and designs technology interventions to measurably increase positive, mutually beneficial engagement across conflict boundaries. Mark’s mission is to create an entire new, profitable industry, where positive peace is delivered as a service. Other projects include EPIC Global Challenge and Peace Markets. Mark is also a researcher and practitioner at Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab, and a member of Stanford’s Kozmetsky Global Collaboratory.