I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
My current research topics include intergroup conflict, meaning, social norms, violence and harmdoing, as well as collective identity. I approach these topics from a social-cognitive perspective, primarily through the lens of how psychological perceptions of rivalry (vs. competition) influence the way people think, feel, and behave. My initial work examined individualistic rivalries (e.g., at work, with hobbies), but I am presently extending the research into intergroup contexts (e.g., international conflict, team sports).
I am currently working on a project awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) program to Dr. Bernhard Leidner (NSF BCS #1628458) investigating psychophysiological reactions to intergroup conflict and its consequences for peaceful reconciliation.
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