I’m an assistant professor of behavioral science at UChicago’s Booth School of Business and a member of the scientific advisory board at ideas42. I study judgment and decision-making, focusing on how people behave when resources are scarce. In one line of work, I study the psychology that arises when people are short on more tangible resources such as time and money. In another line of work, I study how we make decisions with limited cognitive resources.
I became interested in this work while earning my Ph.D. in Psychology at Princeton University. As a graduate student, I often found that time was scarce, my pockets were empty, and—judging by my love of Journey and Bon Jovi cover bands—my cognitive resources were limited. After grad school, I split my post-doc years between Harvard and Princeton, acquiring merit badges in snow-shoveling and the anthropological study of foreign cultures (Red Sox Nation and the people of New Jersey). Before all this, once upon a time, I was an undergrad at Wash U. in St. Louis, where I studied how pigeons and humans made intertemporal choices (the similarities were striking).
Outside of the lab, I enjoy cooking, baking, brewing, reading, and listening to a cappella music. We all have our vices.