I’m a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University specializing in social psychology, implicit bias and meritocratic processes and organizations. I study the ways meritocratic cultural beliefs influence ideas of value, talent and performance, particularly in workplaces and classrooms. My dissertation includes a research collaboration with a Silicon Valley company that helps clients manage organizational implicit bias in the applicant screening process by replacing resumé screening with blind performance auditions. From 2009-2014 I was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Program fellow, and since 2014 I've been a Stanford DARE (Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence) Program fellow. I also contribute to several research projects at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research and The Center for the Advancement of Women's Leadership.
I co-curated an award winning teaching and research tool titled, “Inequality in the United States: Understanding Inequality with Data.” It is a slideshow of a broad set of facts and figures on inequality of all types, compiled by social scientists from universities across the United States. It is free to download, meant for non-academics and is generously hosted by Stanford University’s Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality. For more information, please see the press release here. This project was awarded the 2013 American Sociological Association's Robert Dentler Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Achievement.
I'm involved in several ways with Stanford University's Clayman Institute for Gender Research and the Center for the Advancement of Women's Leadership. I helped produce the material for the Voice and Influence Program, an online curriculum that aims to educate and empower people to be as effective as possible at work and to create organizations where all people thrive. I contributed to the Redesigning, Redefining Work Project and Summit, a multi-year effort that brought together top academic researchers, corporate leaders, policy makers, and media representatives to set a research-based agenda for redesigning work. I'm also part of a team of writers that translates academic research into accessible and engaging stories for non-expert audiences. Examples of that work are here.