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I am currently in my final year of an interdisciplinary PhD in social psychology, education, and sociology at the University of Potsdam, Germany.

Since November, 2014 I have 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, and also to teach both undergraduate and graduate level courses within the Department of Education. In our lab we have also organized and hosted two international conferences, including one this coming August, as well as a semester-long lecture series, all titled Cultural Diversity, Migration, and Education. For information regarding our upcoming conference, please visit the official website.

Since 2017 I have also worked as a lecturer at Humboldt University Berlin, teaching a self-devised interdisciplinary social psychology and sociology seminar titled National Identity in Contemporary Germany: Citizenship, Diversity, and Belonging, within the Berlin Perspectives international study program. The current course syllabus can be found here.

Within my own work, I focus primarily on national, ethnic, and cultural identity among white and minoritized individuals in diverse societies, specifically Germany and the US. I am 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, and survey based quantitative analysis.

Two of my papers have recently been published, in the journal Ethnicities and the British Journal of Social Psychology, both focusing on the negotiation of national identity in an increasingly diverse Germany. 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 and the US, two of which have been published in the European Psychologist and the Journal of Adolescence, respectively.