The status quo is just not my thing.
I like working in the in-between spaces - building bridges and busting barriers between academia and the real world, research and practice, individuals and systems, and the mind and society.
Expertise: Culture, culture change, race, inequality, bias, diversity, organizational design, social change, research-practice partnerships, higher ed leadership
I am a social psychologist with experience leading centers and teams within higher ed. I study and put into practice strategies to help people live, work, and thrive in today’s increasingly diverse and divided world. My research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, covered by national media outlets, and supported by leading foundations.
As Executive Director and Senior Research Scientist at Stanford SPARQ, I oversee the center’s team and projects. I partner with practitioners in criminal justice, education, economic mobility, education, health, media, and technology to leverage behavioral science insights to drive change. I prioritize an approach to research that is grounded in society’s most pressing problems and centers the perspectives of practitioners working to fight bias and foster diversity, equity, and inclusion on the ground. I create opportunities for researchers and practitioners to learn from one another in mutually beneficial partnerships. I also regularly speak and advise on how social science research on race, culture, and inequality can drive strategies for change.
Before Stanford SPARQ, I was Associate Director of Stanford’s Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) and Stanford's Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE). I am a Stanford Ph.D. alum in Social Psychology.
SPARQ, Stanford University | Executive Director & Senior Research Scientist
2018 - 2022
SPARQ, Stanford University | Managing Director & Senior Research Scientist
2016 - 2018
SPARQ, Stanford University | Senior Research Scientist
2012 - 2016
Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity, Stanford University | Associate Director
2011 - 2012
Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, Stanford University | Associate Director
2009 - 2011
Stanford University | Postdoctoral Research Associate & Program Coordinator
2008 - 2009
Answerlab, Koski Research, EVB | Marketing Research Consultant
Stanford University, PhD in Social Psychology
Teaching Fellow, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity; Centennial Teaching Award; Graduate Research Award
1998 - 2002
Middlebury College, BA in Psychology and BA in Philosophy with honors
Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Psi Chi; award-winning writer; studied abroad at the University of Oxford
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