I am a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Davis. I expect to receive my PhD by spring 2015.
I am an associate psychology instructor. So far, I have taught General Psychology and Social Psychology. I also lead an undergraduate journal club for research assistants in the Attitudes and Group Identity Lab at UCD.
I am broadly interested in studying motivation and group identity. Generally, my research tends to focus on how the identities, attitudes, and goals of different groups contribute to intergroup relations and group perception. More specifically, much of my research these days is on group identity symbols, such as property, monuments, flags, and logos. I’m interested in the mechanisms and motivations regarding why group symbols are important to us, what effects symbols may have on different social cognitive processes, and the implications of symbols for intergroup and intragroup interactions.
I am originally from New Jersey, received my M.S. in experimental psychology from Seton Hall University, and my B.S. in peace psychology from Juniata College.