I am a PhD candidate in psychology at the University of Waterloo working under the combined supervision of Dr. Derek Koehler and Dr. Jonathan Fugelsang. Prior to arriving at Waterloo, I completed my BA at the University of Manitoba.
My primary work investigates how strategic and self-serving narratives—for example, those utilizing euphemistic terms (e.g., enhanced interrogation)—bias peoples’ moral impressions. I am interested in how divergent moral narratives (e.g., those existing across political divides) shape peoples’ moral behaviors and impressions and contribute to our increasingly polarized societies. With this work I hope to better understand the features of moral narratives that allow for contentious moral issues to be communicated in ways that promote trust and reduce hostility between ideologically-opposed groups.
I am also interested in how people make inferences about the trustworthiness and moral character of others. Related to this interest, my colleagues and I have recently examined the role perceptions of an individual’s predictability play in judgments of their moral character.