I am an Assistant Professor at the Fordham University Department of Psychology. My research interests lie at the intersection of social and cognitive development, with emphasis on children's reasoning about the social world.
Using various approaches, I've been studying children's beliefs about the nature of social categories like gender, their understanding of status hierarchies and how they might correspond to differences between people of different genders, and how children's essentialist beliefs about gender might relate to their attitudes and behaviors toward gender in-groups and out-groups.
I've conducted research across varying cultural groups, including high- and low-SES communities in Turkey and in the USA.
For the last several years, I've been a collaborator on the TransYouth Project, studying how children's concepts of gender might be influenced by their experiences with their own gender identities, by examining gender development in gender-diverse children (e.g., transgender, gender nonconforming, as well as gender typical siblings of gender diverse children).