About Me

Will Riley

My name is Will Riley. I wear multiple hats as a researcher, teacher, designer, coder, and writer.

As a Ph.D. student in Educational Psychology (Applied Cognition and Development) at the University of Georgia, I research the social and emotional development of loneliness and belonging in schools and universities. I’m particularly interested in epistemic loneliness, or loneliness that emerges from beliefs that one does not or cannot share the same knowledge as other people. For example, a student may feel epistemic loneliness with respect to a certain academic subject, like mathematics, if she perceives herself to be the only person in class who cannot understand the material. Conversely, a student may feel epistemically lonely if she perceives herself to be the only person who understands an academic subject and she lacks anyone with which to share her knowledge. I am very interested in the social development of intellectual and creative friendships, peer groups, and peer cultures. I aim to help schools and universities conduct peer learning interventions that promote more intellectual and creative friendships and peer groups.

I have a M.S. in Digital Media from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Reed College I love taking courses, so I’ve also completed additional undergraduate and graduate coursework in psychology, informatics, statistics, public health, and literature from the University of Michigan, George Mason University, Portland State University, University of North Dakota, and Georgia State University.

My hobbies include poetry, watching movies, and travel.

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