Joanna Moody

Ph.D. Research Program Manager, Mobility Systems Center, MIT Energy Initiative, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Joanna is a Ph.D. Candidate in Transportation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Rooted in behavioral economics, Joanna's research explores how to measure attitudes and preferences towards different travel modes and how these influence travel behavior, impacting transportation planning and operations. In particular, Joanna’s dissertation is on 'car pride' -- how people attribute their social status and personal image to their vehicle -- and how this impacts car ownership and usage trends among individuals in cities and countries around the world. This research is supported in part by the Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship (2017). While at MIT, she has also received a USDOT University Transportation Center Fellowship (2014) and Eisenhower Graduate Fellowships (2015, 2016) from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Joanna holds a Masters of Science in Transportation from MIT and a Bachelors degree in Mathematics, Physics, and Japanese from Bates College.

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