I am a doctoral candidate studying Social and Personality Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. Broadly, my research examines the influence of identity-related processes on wellbeing, moral values, and political behavior. This research is motivated by two increasingly apparent observations: 1) that many national and international conflicts are rooted in conflicts about identity, and 2) that a better understanding of identity processes is key to improving intergroup harmony. However, identity processes do not function in isolation; they interact with contextual factors, like the digital media landscape. My dissertation examines how new patterns of information consumption and exchange may be interacting with person-level variables to foster authoritarian attitudes and erode democracy.
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