UPDATE: Starting Fall 2023, I will join NYU Psychology as an Assistant Professor, where I will set up The Identity & Language lab.
I am currently a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Polarization and Social Change Lab (PASCL) at Stanford University directed by Dr. Robb Willer. I got my PhD at the University of Texas at Austin, where I worked with Dr. Bill Swann and Dr. Jamie Pennebaker.
I am interested in understanding how social and political identities help (or harm) the realization of two democratic ideas: (i) political deliberation and discussion, and (ii) social cohesion. My recent work studies technologically mediated environments to illuminate the ways in which identity processes impact democracy in the digital age. I leverage theory-driven application of multiple methods including experiments, natural language processing, and big data analysis to study these processes in both controlled and natural settings.
I am part of the team that built the newly launched text analysis program, LIWC-22. Check it out and send us your feedback! I also recently co-led The Pandemic Project, which attempts to track the social psychological impacts of the current COVID outbreak. Check out blog posts about our research findings here. You can download my CV here.
Before discovering the world of social psychology and research, I was a developer at Microsoft and a Young India Fellow.