What projects and new ideas are exciting you personally, academically, professionally?
Right now I am a PhD student in Social Psychology at Harvard University studying race, gender, sexual orientation, and power. My research tries to answer two questions: what are the origins of hierarchy, and what happens when hierarchies intersect. At the moment, I am exploring the connection between accepting and promoting hierarchy and basic emotional processes, like feeling what others are feeling. I'm finding a link between promoting inequality and becoming less empathetic, especially for people not like us. In this political climate my research definitely hits a bit harder than usual, ha.
Have you been keeping in touch with your Bezos Scholar Alumni, and if so, how?
I mostly keep in touch with my cohort via Facebook and Instagram. I love seeing people's lives in these snapshot moments. We might not talk much but I know a lot about what's going on.
Which influential books, albums, podcasts, or films would you personally recommend to the BSP community of curious minds?
Right now I've been intrigued by a new project run by Mahzarin Banaji, my secondary adviser, called "Outsmarting Human Minds". It's a video/podcast website devoted to showcasing different psychological phenomena that contributes to bias. Check it out!
Who or what are you finding inspirational right now?
Like many graduate students, I've felt overwhelmed and stressed with trying to complete my studies amidst current events. I've turned to bullet journaling and it's definitely helping. I recommend it as a way to stay productive while completing self-care.
Anything else you want to share with the BSP community?
Hang in there!