I am a sociologist who studies how culture influences decision-making. In particular, I am currently working on a series of studies investigating the conditions under which social trust, as a characteristic both of cultures and individuals, predicts cooperative behaviors. I use a mixture of experimental methods and statistical analysis of observational data in my research. I regularly update my peer-reviewed research on my curriculum vitae.
I am passionate about teaching sociology. I believe teaching students both how to propose and critique explanations for social phenomena, and the statistical techniques to test those explanations, are critical to preparing them to be better members of society. I have received excellent teaching reviews from my fantastic students at Duke University.
I am also affiliated with the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke where I manage the Worldview Lab.