PhD Candidate

Stanford University


I am a social psychology PhD student at Stanford University. I am a member of the Dweck-Walton lab (PIs: Carol Dweck & Greg Walton) and Race & Social Inequality lab (PIs: Jennifer Eberhardt & Claude Steele). I am a 2021-2022 Dissertation Fellow at the Stanford Center for the Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and the Institute for Research in Social Sciences.

My research explores diverse contexts in which people talk about race and ethnicity, the risks and benefits people with different racial-ethnic identities face in these conversations, and strategies to address these challenges. In doing so, I seek to identify ways to support racial-ethnic identity development, shared racial-ethnic consciousness, and closeness and authenticity in interracial contexts.

In one line of research, I study how cross-race friends talk about their race-related experiences and how these conversations can impact closeness, authenticity, and learning. In other lines of work, I examine how parents and teachers think about classroom race talk, test how people are influenced by race talk on social media, and explore how people’s beliefs about discomfort shape how they experience intergroup dialogue courses.


  • Social Psychology
  • Race Talk
  • Interracial Friendships
  • Interventions
  • Identity Safety


  • PhD in Psychology, expected spring 2022

    Stanford University

  • BA in Psychology and Sociology, 2016

    Rice University


A threatening opportunity: The prospect of conversations about race-related experiences between Black and White friends.

Similarities are foundational to building and maintaining friendships, but for cross-race friends, differences in experiences related …

Intimate intergroup contact across the lifespan.

Intergroup contact can be as casual as members of different groups walking past one another on the street or as intimate as developing …

Children's Intergroup Relations and Attitudes

The existence of warm, intimate, supportive, and egalitarian relationships between members of differing social outgroups is likely, at …


I have been a Teaching Assistant for the following classes at Stanford:

  • Wise Interventions
  • Psychology of Scarcity
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Self and Society: Introduction to Social Psychology (head TA)
  • Introduction to Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity
  • Intergroup Communication

I have been a Head Instructor for the following classes at Stanford:

  • Introduction to Social Psychology

I have guest lectured in the following classes at Stanford:

  • Cultural Psychology