I am a doctoral candidate in Social Psychology at Yale University seeking a position as a Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Manager. Before attending Yale, I received a joint B.A. in Psychology and Individualized Studies with a focus on power and privilege in society from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. After graduating from Miami, I spent two years at Northwestern University where I earned a Master’s degree in Social Psychology. I then moved with my advisor, Jennifer Richeson, to Yale University, where I have continued pursuing my PhD in Social Psychology.
In my research, I explore how people make sense of discrimination and inequality. In my primary line of work, I focus on the consequences of attributing discrimination to implicit bias.
We have found consistent evidence that perpetrators of discriminatory behavior that is attributed to implicit bias are held less accountable and deemed less worthy of punishment than perpetrators whose behavior is attributed to explicit bias. This research has encouraged me to think carefully about when and why we choose to attribute discrimination to implicit bias. Further, I believe that organizations ought to be careful about attributing inequities to implicit biases because it could impede the path to building a diverse and inclusive workspace where all employees feel a sense of belonging.
In another line of work, I explore how people perceive racial economic inequality.
In this work, we find that Americans greatly overestimate the amount of income and wealth equality between White and Black Americans. Further, when people are given reminders of persistent and current discrimination, they adjust their perceptions of the past, estimating that inequality was much worse in the past than it actually was. Thus, they are able to maintain the narrative that we have made progress toward equality.
As an academic, I have dedicated myself to improving as a teacher and mentor. I believe these are highly transeferrable skills that allow me to educate anyone, not just college students on the ways in which the field of Psychology can inform and improve our understanding of ouurselves and the word around us. I encourage people to think critically about what we know in Psychology and what we can do to learn more about the things we don’t know. I have attended many workshops, panels, and collaborative learning opportunities to improve myself as an educator and mentor. I am committed to cultivating a community of brilliant minds that utilize Psychology to help themselves and others grow.