As a Ph.D. student in Educational Psychology (Applied Cognition and Development) at the University of Georgia, I research how people think and feel about harming animals in specific ways, and how to change these thoughts and feelings.  I view my work as a variety of descriptive ethics.

My Research Interests

  • Moral Psychology and Moral Education about Harming Animals
  • Folk Beliefs about Animal Minds
  • The Influence of Philosophical and Religious Beliefs on Moral Concern for Animals

Research Methods

  • Ethnography
  • Surveys and Online Experiments

Current Projects

  • Doctoral Dissertation
    • I’m currently researching how beliefs about the minds of animals influences moral concern for harming them in terms of moral judgments, feelings of guilt, and behavioral intentions.
  • Religious Differences in Mind Perception of Animals