- social cognition
- environmental attitudes
- religious cognition
- psychological essentialism
My research falls broadly into the intersection of religious and social cognition. Specifically, I am interested in reasoning about religious affiliation as a social kind, non-agentic religious concepts, and how our cognitive biases lead to religious intuitions.
I am also interested in folk morality, especially whether moral reasoning relies on categories of actions beyond the obligatory and the forbidden. Questions from this line of research include: 1) what these categories might be (e.g., supererogration), 2) how do these categories relate to moral conflict, and 3) what individual differences exist in the use of these categories.
- M.A., Psychology, University of Illinois, 2013
- M.A. (Distinction), Cognition and Culture, Queen's University Belfast, 2010
- B.A., English, University of Maryland, College Park, 2007
Distinctions / Awards
- Clean Energy Education Fellowship, 2013-2014
- Evelyn Hobson Fellowship in Psychology, Spring 2012
- University Fellowship, 2010-2011
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. The repainted stairwell looks astonishingly better. Be sure to thank Rick, the painter, who has been working hard on the repainting for many weeks.