Oh hey there. I’m currently a Research Scientist at the Center for Social and Behavioral Science at the University of Illinois. I received my PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I worked in the Culture and Social Behavior Lab, run by Dr. Dov Cohen, and the Political Ideology and Groups Lab, run by Dr. Chadly Stern. During graduate school I also completed my M.S. in Statistics and M.A. in psychology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2015. Prior to graduate school I received my B.S. in Biology from Allegheny College, where I studied evolution and animal behavior.
My current research investigates how science is used by practitioners and how behavioral insights can be applied in non-profits and NGOs. I also investigate general social psychology topics such as 1) how political ideology shapes perceptions of hierarchy and social class, 2) how ideological groups develop consensus and what the implications of political consensus are for society, and 3) working and middle class cultural differences.
I also really like talking about social psychology in general. A lot. Sometimes, I even do it in bars when they leave the microphone up. Social psychology is especially cool because many of its theories can be used in everyday life to better understand the world, make better decisions, and increase well-being.
Did I mention I’m also really into statistics? In my free time I run a small statistical consulting co-op, DataFox Research, that uses methods and theory from the social-behavioral sciences to evaluate and improve how organizations work.
Before academic life, I worked in a grocery store, butcher shop, and metal factory. I grew up in Saegertown, Pennsylvania.