About


I am a postdoctoral fellow the Evolutionary Psychology Laboratory at Harvard University. I earned a PhD in Psychological and Brain Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara (2017), an MA in Cognition and Culture from Queen's University Belfast (2010), and a BA in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University (2008).

My research takes an evolutionary approach to the psychology of cooperation. In particular, I study evolved mechanisms for choosing cooperative partners and dividing the surplus of cooperation. My work has shown that people's criteria for choosing cooperative partners, and intuitions about fair divisions of the resources generated through cooperation, match the demands of the environment in which humans evolved. This line of research generates novel predictions and new explanations within the fields of social cognition, moral psychology, and behavioral economics.

I also do research in behavioral endocrinology, particularly the role of hormones in adjusting motivational priorities across different behavioral domains.
My work has shown that hormones respond to different challenges and opportunities in the environment (for example, the presence of a potential mate), and calibrate multiple cognitive and physiological systems in order to adaptively respond to those situations.