I'm an assistant professor in the Social and Personality area of the Psychology Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
I study political psychology, social ecology, and intergroup conflict. I am currently studying how people's moral, political, and religious ideologies steer them into segregated ideological enclaves -- into "Red" and "Blue" communities -- and how this enhances individual well-being and intragroup cooperation, while exacerbating intergroup conflict. I am a political psychologist (or, a psychological political scientist) and I blog about it at PsychoPolitics.
I also apply research in the "real world." To do this, my colleagues (namely Jon Haidt and Ravi Iyer) and I created CivilPolitics.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public on evidence-based methods for improving intergroup civility. Together, we help community organizations understand what social psychological interventions are most likely to improve intergroup civility and then help them develop measurement tools to assess the effectiveness of those interventions.
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