Certain personality traits, thinking styles, and motivations give rise to harmful political attitudes and behaviors, such as violence, extreme partisanship, and authoritarianism. My research leverages the tools and expertise of personality psychology, mathematical and statistical modeling, and clinical science to accurately assess and understand the psychological causes and correlates of these attitudes and behaviors. Delving into these topics has convinced me that few skills are more important for both social scientists and informed citizens than the ability to think critically, formulate useful questions, communicate clearly, and approach those we disagree with empathetically.
I have authored 25 peer-reviewed scientific publications, including first-authored articles in leading psychology journals such as the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and my work has appeared in major media outlets such as the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Hill, the New Statesman, Morning Consult, and the New York Post. It has also been viewed and discussed by many hundreds of thousands of individuals on social media (e.g., the front page of Reddit, "viral" tweet threads, and so on).
Throughout my career, I hope to continue to build an interdisciplinary program of research devoted to understanding the psychology of political acrimony and extremism.