I am a doctoral candidate in Social Psychology at Yale University seeking a position as an instructor of Psychology at a teaching-focused school. 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.
As an academic, I am primarily focused on teaching and mentoring. I enjoy introducing minds to the wonders and insights of Psychology. I encourage my students to think critically about how we know what we know in Psychology and what we can do to learn more about the things we don’t know. I believe the best way to enhance student learning in Psychology is to emphasize how Psychology employs the scientific process to inform our understanding of the world. During my time in graduate school, I have advised many undergraduates both in and outside of the classroom with their independent research projects. I have attended many workshops, panels, and collaborative learning opportunities to improve myself as an educator and mentor. I am committed to the process of cultivating the next generation of brilliant minds.
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. In my dissertation, I am exploring how we can shift perceptions of discrimination attributed to implicit bias by encouraging focus on the victim’s experience.
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.