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I am a Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School. Prior to coming to Chicago, I completed a JD and a PhD in Psychology at Yale, where I worked primarily with Tom TylerGideon Yaffe, and Josh Knobe. I was fortunate to have Tess Wilkinson-Ryan, Paul Bloom, and John Bargh serve on my dissertation committee. 

I study people’s intuitive folk theories of morally and legally salient concepts, such as consent, autonomy, and moral responsibility. I am interested in questions like: When is it that we see people's actions as stemming from them, and consequently see fit to hold them to their choices? How do we think about interferences to autonomy, such as coercion, deception, manipulation, and "nudging"? Vanessa Bohns and I were recently awarded an NSF grant to continue our research on how people judge the voluntariness of consent.

I earned my B.A. from Swarthmore College, where I studied social psychology under Barry Schwartz. After college, I served as a predoctoral research fellow at the NIH Bioethics Department in Bethesda, Maryland. Everything I believe about consent comes from my time working alongside philosophers, lawyers, doctors, and social scientists to provide ethics consultations for the world's largest research hospital, the NIH Clinical Center