Although we frequently know exactly what we should do when faced with a decision, often our resolve falters in the heat of the moment and we instead do what we want. I found myself longing for convincing demonstrations of what my dissertation advisor Max Bazerman dubbed “want/should conflict” in the “wild.”Read More
Here are summaries of the topics I study and how and why my research in these areas came about. My goal in posting these autobiographical commentaries is to provide an accessible, non-academic introduction to my work. I am always seeking new ways to share my findings with a broad audience.
One of my favorite features on The New York Times website is a list of the day’s most widely shared articles, which I often trolled for inspiration. I realized that analyzing which stories earned a position on that list would be an ideal way to study the science of sharing “in the wild.”Read More
In my senior thesis, I analyzed the content of 442 pieces of New Yorker fiction and quantitatively documented the strong link between an author’s demographics and the demographics of her fictional protagonists. This thesis on The New Yorker piqued my interest in studying the media.Read More
It was love at first sight for me with behavioral economics. Everything about it appealed—its youth and vast sets of unanswered questions, its obsession with data, its openness to multi-method research, its acknowledgment of human foibles, and its cross-disciplinary nature. At its heart, behavioral economics is a field focused on documenting the systematic errors we make, and so I became interested in studying these “decision biases.”Read More