My current research interests


Projects with my various collaborators and mentors.

Understanding the interconnected nature of social identities in experiences and perception

The relationship between preferences for hierarchy and (counter-)empathy


Published Manuscripts and Pre-prints

Many organizations are working to address diversity, equity, and inclusion. Organizations frequently use implicit bias to explain …

Gay men and lesbian women face various health inequities as well as disparate treatment from healthcare providers. Stereotypes around …

Social dominance orientation (SDO)—the tendency to accept and endorse group-based dominance—has been linked with reduced empathy and …

In one large-scale experiment using US respondents on MTurk (N = 2,899), we studied how subtle differences in framing and context …

Across four experiments we show that by 5 years of age, A., children reliably made both character and behavior judgments from …

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Presentation at the Women and Public Policy Forum at the Harvard Kennedy School

Emerging Scholars Presentation at NYU and Princeton

Presentation within the symposium “Existing at the Nexus of Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation”.

Presentation within the symposium ‘Empathy Interventions: Who, What, When, and How?’


Selected Awards, Grants, and Honors

Harvard Horizon Finalist

Awarded a $2,100 Grant from the Harvard Open Gate Foundation

Project Title: Stereotype Threat in the LGBTQ+ Community

Awarded a $3,500 Grant from the Harvard Anderson Fund

Project Title: How preferences for hierarchy impact people’s willingness to feel empathy, feel counter-empathy, and behave prosocially

Awarded the Harvard Women and Public Policy Fellowship

Awarded a $5,000 Grant from the Harvard Mind, Brain, and Behavior Interfaculty Inititive

Project Title: The Biology behind Social Dominance Orientation

Awarded a Small Research Grant for Graduate Students

Project Title: The Intersection of Power and Gender: The Ways in Which Power Dynamics Reinforce Gender Inequality

Awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Project Title: Children’s understanding of social categories as social hierarchies

Awarded the Harvard Inequality and Social Policy Fellowship

Awarded a $3,000 Harvard GSAS Summer Pre-Dissertation Research Grant

Project Title: Going from categorization to hierarchy: Children’s understanding of social hierarchy in society

Became an Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) Fellow

Awarded the Stephen H. Tyng Scholarship



Attendee of the 2019 Summer Institute in Social and Personality Psychology


Jul 2019 – Jul 2019 Cambridge, MA

Graduate Research Assistant

Harvard Kennedy School

Jun 2019 – Aug 2019 Cambridge, MA
Work for Dr. Robert Livingston

Women in Public Policy Program (WAPPP) Fellow

Harvard Kennedy School

Sep 2017 – Jun 2019 Cambridge, MA

First-Generation and Low-Income Student Advocate

Harvard College Freshmen Deans Office

Aug 2017 – Aug 2018 Cambridge, MA

Attendee of the 2017 BIG Ideas Doctoral Workshop

Harvard Business School

Jun 2017 – Jun 2017 Cambridge, MA

Social Science Graduate Coordinator

Summer Research Opportunities Program at Harvard

Jun 2017 – Aug 2018 Cambridge, MA

Member of the University-Wide Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging

Harvard University President’s Office

Sep 2016 – May 2018 Cambridge, MA

Graduate Coordinator

WoGPoP: Working Group in Political Psychology and Behavior

Sep 2015 – Jun 2018 Cambridge, MA

Inequality and Social Policy Fellow

Harvard Kennedy School

Sep 2015 – Jun 2017 Cambridge, MA

Freshmen Proctor

Harvard College Freshmen Deans Office

Aug 2015 – Jun 2019 Cambridge, MA

PhD Student

Harvard University

Sep 2014 – Present Cambridge, MA

Lab Manager

Social Interaction and Social Stigma Lab at UCLA

Sep 2012 – Jun 2014 Los Angeles, CA
Worked under PI Dr. Jenessa Shapiro


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