I'm originally from Cherry Hill, NJ. I took an AP Psychology class in high school that was pretty interesting, so I kept studying psych in college. And then I never stopped.
I completed my BA at Rutgers in 2009, where I did a short stint as a research assistant in Alan Leslie's Cognitive Development Lab. After a couple of years outside the academic world, I found myself as a grad student at NYU, working with Marjorie Rhodes. I learned a lot, published some stuff, figured out how to use Twitter, and enjoyed life in the Big Apple. I finished my PhD in the Spring of 2016, and the following Fall, I started as a postdoc at Yale, where I work with Yarrow Dunham and Karen Wynn.
My research interests have evolved over the years, but I've remained interested in the abstract theories that children build and rely upon as they navigate the social world. I explore how children learn to organize the people around them into social categories, and how they make inferences about people on the basis of social category membership. I also study the implications of social categorization for moral evaluation.
When I'm not academic-ing, I can usually be found baking, traveling, taking pictures, or obsessing over my dog, Dobby.