Jessica Ruvinsky

Jessica Ruvinsky is a science writer based in Santa Monica, California. She was an editor at Discover magazine in New York and has contributed to The Economist, Science, and U.S. News & World Report. She has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from Stanford and a bachelor's degree from Yale.

The Call of Violence

Nov. 20, 2013 2

In parts of the world, expanding cell-phone coverage brings with it an increase in violent activity.

The Power of Being Seen

Nov. 20, 2013

People are more apt to behave in socially responsible ways when they think that others might take notice.

Off-the-Shelf or Do-It-Yourself?

Nov. 20, 2013

How a company supports employee voluntarism depends on whether it participates in certain kinds of external networks.

Mapping Word of Mouth

Nov. 20, 2013

Spreading messages in remote villages is a matter of understanding the patterns by which villagers connect with each other.

Sponsoring Hope

Aug. 14, 2013 7

A properly designed sponsor-a-child program can have real, long-term impact on the life course of its beneficiaries.

Markets Versus Morals

Aug. 14, 2013

In a market context, people are apt to betray their own beliefs about right and wrong.

Diversity Opportunities

Nov. 16, 2011

New research finds that some companies are increasingly pro-diversity and others lag well behind.

Public Services 2.0

Nov. 16, 2011

Technology can empower citizens to co-create some government services.

Giving Blind

Nov. 16, 2011

Watch dog organizations don't reach most donors.

Cadaver Commerce

Aug. 16, 2011

The moral legitimacy of a new market can come as much from how you sell something as from exactly what you’re selling.

Welfare Works Better than Bootstraps

Feb. 16, 2011

In Britain, the social safety net allows people who fall into poverty to pull themselves out. Americans who become poor are more likely to stay that way.

Turning a Profit by Helping the Poor

Feb. 16, 2011

Politically radical social workers didn’t expect to be working in a bank any more than white-collar bankers expected to be holding meetings in a crowded public market.