Melody Buyukozer Dawkins

Section 1

Program Area: Developmental


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  • Infant Cognition
  • Moral Development
  • Social Cognition
  • Equity, Diversity and Social Justice
  • Development of the Sense of Fairness
  • Social Group Membership
  • Fairness

Research Description

I am interested in sociomoral development in early infancy. The overarching goal of my research is to unravel the roots of our tolerance for social and economic inequalities in society from a developmental, evolutionary, social and cultural perspective. To this end, I am currently investigating the development of the sense of fairness and how this sense of fairness is regulated by different factors such as merit, prior resources, group membership, and needs of recipients in a resource allocation and reward dispensation context. Additionally, I am interested in infants' and toddlers' attitudes toward advantaged and disadvantaged individuals.     



  • BA in Psychology, Bilkent University, 2007-2011
  • M.S. in Developmental Psychology, 2014-2018
  • Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014-Present

Distinctions / Awards

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2016-2019


Section 2


Facilities Information

Building Remodeling Projects

Click on the title to check out these pictures from the classroom remodeling project in the basement. A second project to replace the elevators will begin in September. Beginning with the freight elevator, each elevator will be out of service for three months. To get quickly from one floor to another, and improve your fitness, we will encourage the use of the stairs. The repainting of the northeast stairwell has been completed, and the painter is starting on the southwest stairwell.