Oh hey there. I’m a recent graduate in Social Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I mostly work 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 focuses mainly on social class and political cultures. More specifically, I investigate 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. 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 improve non-profit and corporate efficacy.
Before academic life, I worked in a grocery store, butcher shop, and metal factory. I grew up in Saegertown, Pennsylvania.