I am an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management.
My research focuses on the underlying psychological processes that lead individuals to join together to form cohesive and productive groups.
Moral Values and Political Attitudes
Moral order binds individuals together in coordinated, productive groups. Shared moral commitments help individuals work together to mobilize collective action and address social problems. At the same time, moral divisions can lead groups into conflict and polarization, as we see in contemporary American politics. My research aims to understand the underlying differences in morality between individuals, especially liberals and conservatives, and develop ways to resolve these differences.
Cooperation is fundamental to social life, yet individuals have strong incentives to behave selfishly at the expense of others. How, then, do groups promote cooperation and deter selfishness? Prosocial strategies can emerge and proliferate if individuals can reliably detect others’ prosocial tendencies and selectively interact with only those individuals who will cooperate, thereby enjoying the benefits of mutual cooperation while avoiding the costs of exploitation by more egoistic individuals. My research examines ways in which individuals choose whom to interact with and whom to avoid.