About Me

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

I am currently searching for a position as a software engineer in a non-profit organization located in Canada or Europe where I can help design and develop web services that promote social, economic, and/or environmental justice.

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Academic Background

I recently graduated with a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (Applied Cognition and Development) at the University of Georgia. My academic research focuses on moral psychology and moral education. I also have significant professional and academic experience designing and developing educational software, as well as teaching junior software developers.

During my time at UGA, I researched topics in moral psychology and moral education. For my doctoral dissertation, I researched why people have moral concern for harming animals and how to increase it. Specifically, I tested whether attributing mental capacities to animals increases our moral concern for harming them. My advisor was Dr. Leonard Martin.

I have a M.S. in Digital Media from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Reed College. I’ve also completed 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.