B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.S. & Ph.D, Northwestern University
My research primarily investigates how children make sense of the social world. Within this broad framework, I am especially interested in how children develop their social prototypes, which has implications for a wide range of downstream processes, including (a) the acquisition of stereotypes, prejudice, and eventually discriminatory behavior; and (b) children's academic motivation and interest. Whenever possible, I take an intersectional perspective on these topics, to examine both the generality of these processes as well as to better represent the diversity of experiences that people from different backgrounds have. I rely upon primarily social cognitive methods (e.g., surveys, reaction time measures) to address these questions.
For more information on my research and recent publications, please visit my lab website: http://www.haverfordismlab.org