I am a social psychologist who studies political attitudes and intergroup prejudice. I’m currently a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the School of Psychology at the University of Kent.
My work centers on the factors that drive political polarization and intergroup prejudice, with a focus on how low-level social-cognitive and biological factors shape higher-level political and intergroup belief systems. I take a multi-method approach to examining these questions, using experimental, archival, and field methods. Some examples of this multi-method approach include:
- collecting biological indices of sensory sensitivity to test how individual differences in sensory/perceptual processes shape political attitudes
- analyzing text from alt-right websites to understand the recent reemergence of White supremacism in the U.S.
- using spatial analysis to understand how implicit social cognition is shaped by a person’s local environment (e.g., neighborhood income inequality)
- analyzing Twitter data to examine asymmetries in argumentation between the political right and left
- conducting field research on nationalism in Indonesia
My research has been published in outlets including Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature Human Behaviour, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, and Political Psychology. My work has been funded by the European Commission, the U.S. National Science Foundation, The Society for Personality and Social Psychology, The American Psychology-Law Society, the United States-Indonesia Society, and Cornell University’s Institute for the Social Sciences, Einaudi Center for International Studies, and Center for the Study of Inequality.
On this site, you can find links to my published papers, manuscripts under review, and some current working papers. You can also find more information about the other ongoing projects that I am working on. Links to the OSF sites for these projects are also available, which contain all of the data, syntax, and materials for these studies.