Joshua Lam was born in Melbourne, Australia, and raised in Hong Kong. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 2018, with a B.A. in economics and public policy studies. As an undergraduate, Joshua interned at Send A Cow, a nonprofit focused on supporting smallholder farmers in central and eastern Africa, evaluating a series of village-level microfinance training workshops in Kakamega County, Kenya. After graduation, Joshua worked as an associate at IDinsight, a global advisory, data analytics, and research organization in the international development sector. He coordinated data collection for an impact evaluation measuring the health effects of a medical product delivery company in Ghana and advised on a variety of monitoring and evaluation initiatives for social sector organizations in South Africa to inform program design and expansion.
At Yale, Joshua is pursuing a joint degree at the Jackson School and the School of Management. He also works as a research associate at the Mass Atrocities in the Digital Era initiative in Yale’s Genocide Studies Program and has conducted independent research on the spread of state-sponsored propaganda and disinformation on social media platforms. Through his graduate studies, Joshua hopes to explore ways to mitigate the societal harms posed by technology platforms through public-private collaboration.