I am a podcast addict and a research fellow at Stanford Law School's RegLab. I have no background in, nor much understanding of, law.

My research has been relatively idiosyncratic to date. You can see some previous work here. Currently, I'm interested in resource allocation and multi-arm bandit problems in unusual settings.

On the side, I co-host the Increments podcast, where Vaden Masrani and I confuse ourselves and others about philosophy and science. Sometimes I string words together on Medium, each post achieving various levels of coherence. And sometimes I yell about bad philosophy (including mine) and offer mellow takes on twitter. I'm also on the Giving What We Can events team.

Love, strong disinterest, and invitations to Alaskan nudist colony retreats welcome at ben.ih.chugg@gmail.com.

I enjoy talking to you. Your mind appeals to me. It resembles my own mind except that you happen to be insane.
- George Orwell, 1984.


A few pieces of writing. See all writing here.


In the spirit of weird, nerdy, social signaling—here is a list of

  • some of my favourite books organized into several vague and overlapping categories;
  • recommended essays;
  • online courses which have taught me something interesting.

I probably drink too much coffee.

Here is my CV of failures.

Sometimes I try and do this when I'm alone. It doesn't go as well.

An erratic bio

Prior to Stanford, I was a grad student at the Mathematical Institute at Oxford, where I studied topics at the intersection of spectral graph theory and geometry. Here is my thesis on the subject.

In 2018, I spent some time at RIKEN AIP in Tokyo, where I was lucky to work with Dr. Maehara as part of the Discrete Optimization Unit.

My undergraduate was spent at the University of British Columbia studying mathematics and computer science, where I was immensely fortunate to be supervised by Will Evans and Anne Condon.