Dr. Alessandra Cassar is Professor of Economics at the University of San Francisco, where she designs and directs experimental field studies within the M.S. in International and Development Economics. She received her Ph.D. in International Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2001. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Economic Science Association, former co-director of LEEPS Lab (UC-Santa Cruz), current director of Lab Without Borders at the University of San Francisco, and affiliate of the Economic Science Institute at Chapman University. Alessandra investigates the origins of preferences and their role in development. Through laboratory and field experiments across the world, her studies focus on the contributions of genetic and cultural evolutionary processes on shaping human behavior. Her current research concentrates on areas of female competitiveness; the consequences of conflict and disaster victimization for altruism, trust, risk and time preferences; and the role of social networks for economic outcomes. She has received grants from the NSF, Department of State, Charles Koch Foundation, and Levis Strauss Foundation.