Research Interests & Publications
My research utilizes multi-level and comparative frameworks in the study of culture, social networks, and interpersonal interaction, exploring how micro- and macro-level social structures coalesce to inform social behavior and emotional experience. I have conducted research on decision-making, perceptions of justice in exchange, intergroup behavior and emotion, and the structural predictors of social perception. My interest in cultural and structural influences on emotion can be traced back to my undergraduate and early graduate training in psychology, where my research emphasized the significance of social context and cultural variation in emotion perception.
My recent publications examine behavioral and emotional responses to stereotyped groups (Social Psychology Quarterly), compare consensus in group sentiments within and between cultures (Group Processes and Intergroup Relations), and explore how opinions and sentiments are transformed through influence processes in interaction (Advances in Group Processes). I have also published on the interdependent cultural, relational, situational, and biological mechanisms of emotion construction (Emotion Review). My forthcoming articles present a generalization of affect control theory that uses Bayesian methods to model heterogeneity, uncertainty, and change in social beliefs (American Sociological Review) and explore emotional responses to injustice (Social Psychology Quarterly). My manuscripts in preparation examine individual differences in impression formation, and assess social position and status networks as predictors of variation in group sentiments. For more information about my qualifications and research, see my Curriculum Vitae.