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I’m a social scientist studying human communication as an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at The Ohio State University. My research investigates the mechanisms that bias moral judgments. I am most interested in the contexts that motivate people to perceive immoral actions as moral (or vice versa).

A major goal of my work is to understand and predict moral judgment biases by intersecting communication theory with moral psychology. I ground my work in mass media entertainment and interpersonal communication theories.

Being primarily experimental, I commonly use open science tools to share my conceptualizations, predictions, operationalizations, datasets, and analyses with others.