My research examines the psychology of poverty and inequality and their remedies. Integrating social psychology, cultural psychology, and behavioral science, I uncover social psychological processes that undermine the economic mobility of people in poverty and simultaneously depress public will to address inequality. Yet, I show how affirming dignity, in culturally responsive ways, can promote economic mobility and well-being, particularly in the context of anti-poverty policies like universal basic income and cash transfers. In this work, I conduct lab and field experiments in the US and sub-Saharan Africa and in partnership with nonprofits and governments. My research has been published in peer-reviewed outlets including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and in popular media outlets like Time Magazine and has been covered by outlets like The Washington Post.
I am currently a doctoral candidate in Social Psychology at Stanford University and Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow and have an M.Sc. in Global Mental Health from the University of London and a B.A. in Sociocultural Anthropology from Yale University. In 2023, I'll be starting as an Assistant Professor in Psychology and Organizational Studies at the University of Michigan.