I am a graduate student pursuing a joint degree (JD/PhD) in psychology and law at Yale University, where I work primarily with Tom Tyler, Gideon Yaffe, and Josh Knobe. I also collaborate with Jim Greiner at Harvard Law School.
Much of my research lies at the intersection of psychology, law, and philosophy. I seek to understand our intuitive folk theories of morally and legally salient concepts, such as consent, voluntariness, and autonomy. 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"? Relatedly, I study intuitive judgments about punishment, including victim-blaming and counterfactual reasoning.
In addition to my interest in "psycholawsophy," I have a separate line of research that seeks to bring behavioral science to matters of law and policy. With the Access to Justice Lab at Harvard Law School, I come up with behaviorally informed interventions designed to make legal processes more navigable to the vast majority of people who do not have lawyers, and test these interventions in the field using randomized controlled trials.
I earned my B.A. from Swarthmore College, where I studied social psychology under Barry Schwartz. My senior thesis, which examined moralizing attitudes toward self-control, was awarded highest honors by outside examiners Dov Cohen and Adam Grant, and received the Solomon Asch Award from the Swarthmore Psychology Department faculty.
Before starting grad school, I served as a predoctoral research fellow and ethicist-in-training 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 real-time ethics consultation to the world's largest research hospital, the NIH Clinical Center.
In the future, I aspire to teach at a law school, injecting psychological realism into the standard legal curriculum and encouraging future lawyers and policymakers to approach their work with a behavioral lens.