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College of Arts and Sciences

Katherine Kinzler

Associate Professor

Department & Program Affiliations:
Human Development

Academic focus:  
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. 

Previous positions:  
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Chicago, 2014-2015
Neubauer Family Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Chicago, 2008-2014

Academic background:  
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.