I study how children and adults think about categories, like different animal species or groups of people. My research asks why people sometimes think about these categories in terms prescriptive beliefs about what they think they should be like. My work lies at the intersection of cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, philosophy, and linguistics.
I completed my PhD in Psychology at New York University, where I worked with Dr. Marjorie Rhodes in the
Conceptual Development and Social Cognition Lab. My doctoral research was funded by an NICHD F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Institutes of Health. I did my BA in Linguistics at Yale University.