In September 2019 I began a position as a Postdoctoral Scholar with Dr. Onnie Rogers in the Development of Identities in Cultural Environments (DICE) Lab in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University in Chicago.
I earned my doctorate in psychology from the University of Potsdam in Germany in the spring of 2019. From November 2014 through August 2019 I held the position of Research and Teaching Associate, allowing me to work closely with Dr. Linda Juang and the other doctoral students in our lab, Diversity in Education and Development, on multiple projects. I also taught multiple undergraduate and graduate level courses within the Department of Education, most recently Risk and Resilience in Child Development. As a lab we also organized and hosted two international conferences, as well as a semester-long lecture series, all titled Cultural Diversity, Migration, and Education. For information regarding the conference please visit the official website.
Between fall of 2017 and spring of 2019 I also worked as a lecturer at Humboldt University Berlin, teaching a self-devised interdisciplinary psychology and sociology seminar titled National Identity in Contemporary Germany: Citizenship, Diversity, and Belonging, within the Berlin Perspectives international study program. The latest course syllabus can be found here.
Within my doctoral work I focused primarily on national, ethnic, and cultural identity among white and minoritized individuals in diverse societies, specifically Germany and the US. I continue to be interested in how everyday individuals, students, teachers, researchers, and policymakers each reiterate inclusionary and exclusionary boundaries of belonging based on often implicit understandings of self and Other. I aim to situate my work within relevant historical and geographical contexts, paying particular attention to the interplay between institutional and interpersonal power dynamics. To examine these processes and their related impact on group and individual identity, I use a variety of methods, including qualitative narrative and thematic analysis of interviews and text, as well as survey based quantitative analysis.
I have three recent first author publications in the European Educational Research Journal, the journal Ethnicities and the British Journal of Social Psychology, all focusing on the negotiation of national identity in an increasingly diverse Germany, at the levels of academia, secondary school, and broader society, respectively. Additionally, I am a co-author on multiple papers addressing broader issues in relation to discrimination and identity among diverse adolescents and young adults in Europe, Canada, and the US, three of which have recently been published, in the International Journal of Intercultural Relations, the European Psychologist and the Journal of Adolescence.
Currently I am working on a conceptual paper on conducting intersectional identity development research within the European context. I am also conducting secondary data analysis of ethnic identity relevant conversations among college age friend pairs. This work is in collaboration with Dr. Moin Syed at the University of Minnesota, who acted as an external advisor throughout my doctoral studies.