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PhD, Social Psychology


I am a social and political psychologist interested in race and democracy in the U.S. Currently, I work as postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania with the Polarization Research Lab. Before that, I earned my PhD in social psychology at Yale University, where I am part of the Social Perception and Communication Lab. My work asks what kinds of changes Americans interpret as threatening the current racial hierarchy, and how group identities (especially race and partisanship) shape responses to prospective hierarchy shifts. Recently, I am particularly focused on backlash against democratic institutions. I also study how to confront bias effectively in a variety of contexts, including schools and workplaces.

I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and my non-research interests include campaign finance reform, bicycle touring, climbing, and rugby. I recently served as head coach of Yale Women's Rugby.


Racial and political identities affect peoples' attitudes toward demographic change

The effect of offensive mascots or symbols on community and belonging

Perceived shifts in racial hierarchy are linked to anti-democratic attitudes

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