In March 2019 I earned a Dr. Phil. in Psychology from the University of Potsdam in Germany. My research focuses on ethnic, religious, and national identity in relation to norms and processes of belonging and exclusion among adolescents and emerging adults.
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. I have also taught multiple undergraduate and graduate level courses within the Department of Education, most recently Risk and Resilience in Child Development. In our lab we have organized and hosted two international conferences, 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 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.
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 and the US, two of which have been published in the European Psychologist and the Journal of Adolescence.
Currently I am working on a conceptual paper on intersectional identity development 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.