I am a Data Science for Social Good Fellow at the University of Chicago and recently finished a PhD in social psychology at the University of Illinois. My research examines how we explain and make judgments about the social world. More specifically, I am interested in how we make moral judgments, how we think about polarized political issues like climate change, and how we think about social categories like race and gender. I am also interested in meta-scientific topics like replication and research methods. I conduct this research with many different collaborators, including the members of the Psychology of Religion, Agency, and Morality Lab; the Cognitive Development Lab; and the Champaign Social Interaction Lab.
Before all of this, I earned a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature at the University of Maryland, tutored K-12 and college students in reading and writing, worked in education policy and research at American Institutes for Research, and earned a master’s degree in Cognition and Culture at Queen’s University Belfast. All of these experiences have molded my research interests and informed my belief in the power of science to help us understand and improve the social world.