Katherine D. Kinzler, Ph.D.
PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY
DEPUTY DEAN, DIVISION OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
Professor Kinzler’s research sits at the intersection of developmental and social psychology. Her work focuses on the origins of prejudice and ingroup/outgroup thinking, with an emphasis on understanding how language and accent mark social groups. She is also interested in cultural learning, food cognition and moral psychology.
Professor Kinzler joined the faculty of the University of Chicago Department of Psychology in 2008, as a Neubauer Family Assistant Professor. She spent 2015-2019 at Cornell University, where she was most recently the Chair of the Department of Psychology. She completed her B.A. at Yale in Cognitive Science, her Ph.D. at Harvard in Psychology, and she was a Fulbright Scholar at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the John Templeton Foundation. Her work has appeared regularly in the New York Times and other media outlets, and she was named a “Young Scientist,” one of 50 scientists under age 40 recognized by the World Economic Forum.
Molly C. Gibian
SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE / RESEARCH MANAGER
Molly manages the lab’s research projects, develops strategic partnerships, coordinates off-site collaborations and facilitates the work of our graduate and undergraduate researchers. Within the Center for Early Childhood Research, she unites the DSC Lab and the Developmental Investigations of Behavior and Strategy (DIBS) Lab led by Professor Alex Shaw. She has worked in neuroscience and psychology research for Wellesley College, M.I.T., Harvard Medical School, Boston University and Cornell University. Her research interests focus on societal/cultural influences on learning cognition, leadership ambition, identity formation and the development of value systems. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Isobel is a fourth-year doctoral student at the University of Chicago. Before coming to the University of Chicago, Isobel was a PhD student at Cornell University. Broadly, Isobel’s research asks how children think about social groups and how these groups relate to one another. Current lines of work investigate children’s understanding of different forms of social status, gendered and racial attitudes about political leadership, the intergenerational transmission of proto-political attitudes, and children’s social learning from others’ nonverbal behaviors. email: email@example.com
Radhika is a joint Ph.D. student in Psychology and Business. She is interested in language and accent attitudes (as they relate to essentialism and judgments about people), children’s beliefs about leadership and political participation (including along the lines of gender, immigration status, and role-models). Other lines of work include children’s information avoidance, negotiation skills, and perspective-taking. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kaila is a first-year Ph.D. student at the University of Chicago and is interested in the emergence of social group preferences and intergroup attitudes in children. She is particularly interested in the development of children’s conceptualization of race, ethnicity, and wealth and how they use these understandings to make decisions and form judgments about others. She is currently focused on how parents talk to their children about taboo topics such as race and wealth, and how this may influence children’s attitudes, judgments, and beliefs. email: email@example.com
(Co-Advisee at Cornell University)
Raj is a Ph.D. student in the Social and Personality area of the Psychology Department at Cornell University. He is broadly interested in judgment and decision-making, particular in the context of moral psychology and questions of person perception: how do we judge the behavior, intentions, and character of others? In addition, Raj is interested in the intersection between moral psychology and other fields, like political psychology (e.g., why do we tend to moralize political matters?) and developmental psychology (e.g., do children follow the same rules in making moral judgments that adults do?) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS
at the University of Chicago
We often have opportunities for new undergraduate research assistants. Please email Molly Gibian (email@example.com) for an application and more information.