research

Answer Power Survey

People have different beliefs about power. I’d like to learn about how common these different beliefs are. You can help! Answer the embedded survey, which will also give you personalized feedback on your own approaches to power.

Status Instability

After the 2016 election, scholars debated whether support for Trump was driven more by economic disadvantage or racial anxiety.

Status & Safety

We know (or think we know) that people want status because it carries privileges, opportunities, and rewards. But perhaps people want status for a more fundamental reason: because it helps keep us out of dangerous situations, thus making us safer.

Power & Language

In this project with Robert Koerner (Bamberg Uni, Germany), we use natural language processing to identify how people signal their power through language use and how others pick up on these signals. We also examine how different use of power–coercive or collaborative–is conveyed in political communications.

Latent Lieutenant

In multiple studies, we’ve shown that a potential leader is seen as more powerful, more competent, and sometimes even more likable, based on the subtle nonverbal responses of other people around them.

Dissociative Status

This set of multiple studies has shown that people willingly confer status onto others who show defiance or exclusivity–qualities not normally considered part of the prestige pathway to status.