I study the development of social cognition, or how children’s early thinking about people and their social relationships lays the foundation for adult reasoning. I am particularly interested in the development of thinking about prejudice, justice, intergroup relations, and social communication.
Current research project:
My current research has several major areas: (1) studying the social consequences of growing up in a multilingual environment; (2) investigating how children view language as marking social and national groups; (3) researching how people think about food selection as linked to culture.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Chicago, 2014-2015
Neubauer Family Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Chicago, 2008-2014
Ph.D., Psychology, Harvard University, 2008
B.A., Cognitive Science, Yale University, 2003
Last book read:
"The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo
In your own time/when not working:
I like to travel, read fiction, enjoy good food and wine, and chase after my toddler, who is typically chasing after our dog.
Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:
A new course on the origins of people’s tendency to divide the world into “us versus them”
What most excites you about Cornell:
I am excited about joining a highly collaborative and welcoming community that strives for open intellectual inquiry and values asking questions with real-world impact.