What I Study

The main goal of my research is to understand the structure, origins, and consequences of different moral and political worldviews. I try to integrate the insights of sociology, psychology, and the cognitive sciences to figure out where worldviews come from and how they matter for identity and behavior.

I lead the Measuring Morality project, the goal of which is to understand how different conceptions of morality fit together and influence politics and other domains of life.

These days, I am also writing about causal inference and the role of different empirical methods for studying culture and belief systems.

I am affiliated with the Kenan Institute for Ethics, the Duke Network Analysis Center, and the Duke Population Research Institute.

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