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I am a cultural scientist who writes, speaks, and conducts research about culture, psychology, health, and social change. 


By day, I work as a researcher at Twitter, where my team aims to improve the health of the public conversation. Before Twitter, I led research for the Bullying Team at Instagram, where we reduced harassment among our 1+ billion users. This New York Times article describes some of our work.


By night, I write things like Clash! How to Thrive in a Multicultural World (with Hazel Rose Markus) and collaborate with clients like the World Bank, Facebook, and the Stanford Clinical Excellence Research Center (CERC) to enhance the well-being of diverse populations around the world. 


Previously, I served as founding executive director and senior research scientist at Stanford SPARQ, vice president of content at The Tech Museum, and senior editor of the Stanford Social Innovation Review.


And before all that, I grew up in Memphis, then completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Yale, a doctorate in cultural psychology at Stanford, and a postdoctoral fellowship in psychology and medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.


Now based in San Francisco, I bike the roads, climb the mountains, and bake the vegan bacon cakes.

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