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RESEARCH INTERESTS

I explore the individual level decision-making processes that drive policy outcomes, particularly in the subsidized adoption of residential solar photovoltaics. I enjoy applying cutting-edge methods such as agent-based modeling and natural language processing to policy problems that require broad systems-aware approaches. I hope to understand how the exchange of information within social networks can be explicitly leveraged in intervention designs to achieve more effective programs and more efficient policy in technology adoption as well as in other policy arenas with similarly complex decision-making landscapes such as healthcare and education.

EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Public Policy | 2014 —Present

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin

  • Dissertation topic: Individual decision-making as the root of policy outcomes: An application in residential solar PV subsidy policy
  • Research Projects: Analysis of the appropriability of peer-to-peer exchange in the energy sector, Analysis of relationship of state net metering policy features with residential solar PV uptake, Third-party ownership as an emergent technology among solar PV installers

Masters of Public Affairs | 2012 — 2014                                                                                      

School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University

  • Concentration: Policy Analysis  
  • Relevant Courses: Energy Analysis and Markets, Energy Economics and Policy, Management Science for Public Affairs, Data Analysis and Modeling, Statistical Analysis for Effective Decision Making/Statistics for Environmental Science, Applied Math for Environmental Science, Life Cycle Analysis, Benefit Cost Analysis, Public Program Evaluation, and Public Management Economics

Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs with High Distinction and Honors  | 2010 — 2013

School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University

  • Major: Policy Analysis 

AWARDS

Precourt Fellowship | 2015, 2016, 2017

  • Grant for BECC attendance

USAEE PhD Day | 2017

  • Invited Participant

USAEE/IAEE Student Scholarship | 2016

  • Grant for conference attendance

NSF IGERT: Sustainable Grids | 2015 — 2016

  • Traineeship/Fellowship

 

WORK IN PROGRESS

Reeves, D.C., Rai, V. Strike While the Rebate is Hot: Savvy Consumers and Strategic Technology Adoption Timing.

Reeves, D.C., Rai, V. Subsidy Policy and Rate of Technology Adoption: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from the California Solar Initiative.

Reeves, D.C., Rai, V. The Forest and the Trees: The Choice of Theoretical Lens in Agent-Based Model Rule Formulation.

Reeves, D.C., Rai, V. Path-Based Neighborhood Identification: An Application in Agent-Based Modeling of Residential Solar PV Adoption.

Reeves, D.C. Opinion Mining and Sentiment Analysis of Residential Solar PV Installer Firm Customer Acquisition Experiences.

Reeves, D.C. Throttling the Sun: An Analysis of Policy Subcomponents in State-level Net Metering Legislation and Residential Distributed Generation Adoption Levels. 

PUBLICATIONS 

Reeves, D.C., Rai, V., Margolis, R. Evolution of Consumer Information Preferences with Market Maturity in Solar PV Adoption. Environmental Research Letters, 12, 1-14, 2017.

Rai V., Reeves, D.C., Margolis, R. Overcoming barriers and uncertainties in the adoption of residential solar PV. Renewable Energy, 89, 498-505, 2016.

Yarbrough, I., Sun, Q., Reeves, D., Hackman, K., Bennett, R., & Henshel, D. Visualizing Building Energy Demand for Building Peak Energy Analysis. Energy and Buildings, 91, 10-15, 2015.

PRESENTATIONS 

Reeves, D.C., Rai, V. Subsidy Policy and Rate of Technology Adoption: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from the California Solar Initiative. Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management 39thAnnual Fall Research Conference (APPAM). Chicago, Il, USA. 2017.

Reeves, D.C., Rai, V. The Forest and the Trees: The Choice of Theoretical Lens in Agent-Based Model Rule Formulation. The Computational Social Science Society of the Americas 2017 Conference (CSSSA). Santa Fe, NM, USA. 2017.

Reeves, D.C., Rai, V. Making Decisions While the Sun Shines: Savvy Consumers and Strategic Technology Adoption Timing. Behavior Energy and Climate Change Conference (BECC). Sacramento, CA, USA. 2017.

Reeves, D.C., Rai, V. Path-Based Neighborhood Identification: An Application in Agent-Based Modeling of Residential Solar PV Adoption. The conference on Complexity-Based Analytics and Policies for Social Good (CAPS). Washington, D.C., USA. 2017.

Reeves, D.C., Rai, V., Margolis, R. Information Preferences for Solar PV Adoption: Comparing Two Markets. Behavior Energy and Climate Change Conference (BECC). Baltimore, MD, USA. 2016

Reeves, D.C., Rai, V. Behavioral Drivers of Solar PV Consumer “Pull-forward” at Changes in Rebate Levels. 34th USAEE/IAEE North American Conference. Tulsa, OK, USA. 2016.

Rai, V., Reeves, D.C. Contagion and Seeding in Behaviors with Thresholds: An Application to Residential Solar Adoption. Behavior Energy and Climate Change Conference (BECC). Sacramento, CA, USA. 2015.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Workshop Instructor Austin, Texas 2017 —

  • Lead Math Readiness Workshop series for more than 50 incoming Masters students
  • Develop and deliver four sessions on probability theory, statistics, algebra and calculus
  • Proof assignments, lectures, classnotes, and exams; grade assignments 

Workshop leader Austin, Texas 2016

  • Lead PhD Statistical Reasoning Tutorial Workshop for three incoming students
  • Conduct weekly discussion sections, provide guidance with statistical concepts

Teaching Assistant | Austin, Texas | 2016 — 2017

  • Introduction to Empirical Methods: 37 graduate students
  • Create and conduct weekly review sessions, hold office hours
  • Proof assignments, lectures, classnotes, and exams; grade assignments

Research Assistant – EST research group | Austin, Texas | 2014 — Present

  • Analyze data, prepare reports and manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals
  • Conduct electronic survey of 6000 residential solar PV adopters
  • Research interests: solar PV diffusion and grid integration, agent-based modeling

Graduate Research Assistant – TRC | Bloomington, Indiana | Spring 2013 — Summer 2014

  • Design and build computer to fetch daily vehicle accident reports and extract VINs
  • Design and code computer user-interface to facilitate analysis of vehicle accident reports
  • Design and prototype bicycle instrumentation for naturalistic bicycling study

Graduate Research Assistant – AttariLab | Bloomington, Indiana | Summer 2013

  • Analyzed results in an ongoing behavioral experiment
  • Conducted cost benefit analysis for in-home, real-time electricity feedback technologies

Teaching Assistant | Bloomington, Indiana | Fall 2012 — Fall 2013

  • Grade assignments, provide feedback, and conduct review sessions for graduate statistics course
  • Coordinate assignments and syllabus for one online section of undergraduate statistics
  •  Grade and manage student records for two sections of undergraduate statistics, one traditional and one online

Chaperone | Washington, DC | Summer 2013

  • Supported 20 European Fulbright summer program participants                  

Logistics Facilitation | Western Province, Kenya | Summer 2012

  • Organized program events, including logistics for a professional development conference and July 4th activities
  • Supported 13 student interns' cultural interactions and facilitated cross-cultural competency development

Peace Corps Volunteer | Faleula, Samoa | 2007— 2009

  • Taught vocational-level Computer Studies and Carpentry for one year to more than 30 students
  • Taught vocational-level Carpentry and Joinery for one year to 12 students
  • Coordinated an international donation of 179 computers to 12 schools
  • Created two-year programs for vocational Carpentry and Joinery and Computer Studies in compliance with the national accrediting body for use by all member schools
  • Devised inventory control procedures that eliminated tool and supply loss

Studio Furniture Artist | Orlando, Florida | 2005 — 2007

  • Self-employed. small-business owner
  • Designed and constructed one-of-a-kind furniture
  • Developed new techniques with alternative materials such as concrete, glass and metal
  • Incorporated electronic elements such as audio and LED lighting

Online Specialist | Evansville, Indiana | 2004 — 2005

  • Managed Evansville Courier & Press daily online content
  • Streamlined the online content management system
  • Developed new user-tracking, user-identification, and new-media procedures

SERVICE

Reviewer Energy Research & Social Science 2015 —

Reviewer Environmental Research Letters 2016 —

Member Computational Social Science Society of the Americas (CSSSA) 2017 —

Member Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) 2015 —

Member United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE) 2016 —

Moderator Indiana University Undergraduate Honors Symposium 2012, 2013

SKILLS

Computer Technology

  • Proficient with R, SAS, Stata, Mathematica, Office Suites, Inkscape, and Synfig
  • Familiar with multiple distributions of Linux, OSX, and Windows
  • Code in PHP, BASH, HTML, MySQL, XML, and CSS

 Languages

  • Fluent Samoan
  • Beginner Kiswahili, Khmer, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, and Latin

 

OTHER INTERESTS

Travel, gadgets, cooking, and rebuilding, repairing, and maintaining vintage British motorcycles.

 

REFERENCES          

Available upon request