Kelsey Piper

American journalist and effective altruist

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Kelsey Piper
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Piper in 2019
EducationStanford University (Symbolic Systems, 2016)
Notable workFuture Perfect

Kelsey Piper is an American journalist who is a staff writer at Vox, where she writes for the column Future Perfect, which covers a variety of topics from an effective altruism perspective. While attending Stanford University, she founded and ran the Stanford Effective Altruism student organization. Piper blogs at The Unit of Caring.[1]

Education and career

Around 2010, while in high school, Piper developed an interest in the rationalist and effective altruism movements.[2] She later studied at Stanford University, where she majored in Symbolic Systems.[3] At Stanford she became a member of Giving What We Can, pledging to donate 30% of her lifetime income to charity, as well as founding the student organization Stanford Effective Altruism.[4] After graduating from Stanford in 2016,[3] Piper worked as the head of the writing team at Triplebyte, until she left to join Vox as a staff writer.[5]

Future Perfect

Since 2018, Piper has written for the Vox column Future Perfect,[6] which covers "the most critical issues of the day through the lens of effective altruism".[7] Piper is concerned about global catastrophic risks, and treats journalism as a way to popularize these risks and advance the cause of addressing them,[1] which is part of effective altruism's broader concern regarding the relevance of immediate action.[8] Specifically, Piper has discussed the possibility that society is living on a historical precipice, where immediate action needs to be taken to avoid global catastrophic risks, and what implications that has for effective altruism and her own journalism.[8]

Piper was an early responder to the COVID-19 pandemic, discussing the risk of a serious global pandemic in February 2020[9] and recommending measures such as mask-wearing and social distancing in March of the same year.[10][11] Since then, she has discussed the societal risk posed by inaccurate study preprints[12] and analyzed the impact of the pandemic on the historical scale, deeming it one of the ten deadliest in human history.[13]


  1. ^ a b Wiblin, Robert; Harris, Keiran; Hutchinson, Michelle; Piper, Kelsey (February 27, 2019). Can journalists still write about important things? (Podcast). 80,000 Hours.
  2. ^ Metz, Cade (February 13, 2021). "Silicon Valley's Safe Space". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved September 6, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Kelsey Piper, ESP Teacher". Stanford ESP. Archived from the original on February 9, 2021.
  4. ^ Zabel, Claire (February 5, 2015). "A different take on giving back". Stanford Daily.
  5. ^ "Kelsey Piper". Vox (Profile). Retrieved February 2, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ Schmidt, Christine (October 15, 2018). "Will Vox's new section on effective altruism…well, do any good?". Nieman Journalism Lab.
  7. ^ Labenz, Nathan; Piper, Kelsey (June 25, 2020). "Kelsey Piper: Future Perfect — a year of coverage". The Centre for Effective Altruism.
  8. ^ a b Fisher, Richard (September 24, 2020). "Are we living at the 'hinge of history'?". BBC Future.
  9. ^ Masson, Gabrielle (February 6, 2020). "12th US coronavirus case confirmed in Wisconsin". Becker's Clinical Leadership and Infection Control.
  10. ^ Piper, Kelsey (March 13, 2020). "It's not overreacting to prepare for coronavirus. Here's how". Vox.
  11. ^ Miller, Johanna L. (July 17, 2020). "Patience". Physics Today. doi:10.1063/pt.6.3.20200717a. S2CID 243372332.
  12. ^ Griggs, Mary Beth (September 19, 2020). "Why it's important to look for the limitations in coronavirus studies". The Verge.
  13. ^ Palmer, Ben (January 22, 2021). "Weekend reads: The travel industry steps in to help end Covid-19". Advisory Board.

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