Projects, Past & Present

“Who are the cool kids?” = Twitter NLP + SNA

Data source: Twitter API >> Search on Pantone Color of the Year #RoseQuartz

Question: When do trends appear in the Twitter posts of 3 groups of people: my friends, trendsetters, and the general public?

How: Draw Twitter User-Follower graphs for each of the 3 groups >> Slice Time Windows >> Calculate Exponential Moving Averages within Windows for each of the 3 groups >> Compare point of time that #RoseQuartz becomes a trend for each group (my friends versus the general public versus trendsetters)

Outcome: Yes, trendsetters are cooler than my friends. But I love my friends anyway.

“Why don’t farmers need fences?” = Geo + Psych

Data Source: Interviews with indigenous farmers in Kiangan, Ifugao, the Philippines

Question: Why don’t indigenous farmers use farm boundaries if they feel low tenure security?

How: Interview farmers in indigenous language Tuwali >> Study history of land law and indigenous rights in the Philippines >> Measure slope of farms across the Philippines / Fall in love with the mountains’ steep slopes and its people  >> Study farm regulations for indigenous people / Get lost in the beautiful mythologies of the land

Outcome: Contrary to intuition, indigenous farmers don’t feel low tenure security – thanks to steep slopes and powerful cultural institutions. However they still desire and actively fight for formal ownership rights.

But modern day laws meant to protect indigenous farmers haven’t helped – in fact, they perpetuate landed/landless inequalities.

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“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

Francesca Gino & Amy Cuddy

I ran my own evolutionary psychology experiments on cognitive perceptions of leaders at Harvard’s Behavioral Insights Group under professors Francesca Gino and Amy Cuddy.

Sidanius Laboratory: Psychology of Intergroup Relations

Exploring Political Psychology with Kris-Stella, Jonathan Phillips, professors Jim Sidanius, Ryan Enos, Steve Levitsky, Sumeeta Srinivasan, Tony Saich, and James Robinson is hands-down the best thing that happened to me at Harvard. It has been 5 joyful years, and I remain grateful and fascinated.

Ryan Enos

I served as Research Assistant on data cleaning for studies on the effect of heuristics on judgments of competence.

Kris-Stella Trump

I served as Research Assistant on experiments studying the psychology of income inequality.

Rachel Arnett

I served as Research Assistant on experiments concerning status, identity, and class.

Pinar Fletcher

I served as Research Assistant on experiments delving into bargaining and mentorship.

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