about me

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The Munk School’s Observatory Building (foreground) and the location of the lab (5th floor, OISE, background)

Hello! I am assistant professor of social psychology and global justice at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. Please see my lab page for open positions. I am always looking for research assistants with an interest in applications of moral psychology and experience with statistics.

Before coming to the University of Toronto, I completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong in the Department of Philosophy and Dr. Felipe De Brigard in the Department of Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University, where we worked on projects on causal cognition, moral decision-making, and social epistemology (June 2017 – June 2018).

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My primary project at Duke (funded by Templeton), in collaboration with philosopher Dr. Natalia Washington and Dr. Clifford Workman, focused on ongoing research on an aspect of epistemic injustice — the experience of being denied credibility based on an irrelevant aspect of your identity.

Prior to Duke, I completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University (May 2015 – May 2017) with advisors Dr. Steven Pinker and Dr. Jesse Snedeker, involving an interdisciplinary project called The Psycholinguistics of Morality.

My graduate training was at Boston College in Social Psychology and Social Neuroscience. I received my Ph.D. in 2015, for research on moral values advised by Dr. Liane Young at the Morality Lab.

Nothing is more fascinating to me than the psychological processes driving diversity in how people judge each other, make morally relevant decisions, and live out their values.

I conduct research in other areas of psychological science including psychology of the arts and the interface between affect and numeric cognition. Please follow the links if you’re interested.