Prescott-Couch is a PhD candidate in philosophy with a focus on philosophy of science (especially social science) and political philosophy. He is currently writing a dissertation concerning the relationship between the understanding provided by scientific explanation and that provided by humanistic forms of social inquiry, such as history. Before coming to Harvard, he graduated from Columbia University as the salutatorian of the class of 2005 and studied at the Humboldt Universität on a DAAD fellowship. He also worked in Berlin for two years as a translator, journalist, and business consultant. In addition to his dissertation, he is working on papers on topics in the history of German philosophy.