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Emotions, Identity, and Social Movements

Emotions, Identity, and Social Movements

While working this summer, I have been thinking about how scholars can continue to apply social psychology to understand individual behavior, including participation in social movements. In my recent comprehensive exam, I argue that identity and emotion can help to explain differences in movement participation from initial involvement to variations in movement-related behaviors. The history and framing of particular social movements can interact with individuals’ social and personal identities and emotions to influence movement behavior. The environmental and environmental justice…

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Candidacy and Summer

Candidacy and Summer

In the last week I have finished my final course of graduate school and passed my second and final comprehensive exam. I will officially have advanced to PhD candidacy on June 1st! It’s hard to believe three years of graduate school have come and gone. At times I haven’t been able to see the progress (forest for the trees, etc.), but I think that my skills in writing, collecting data, and logic of inquiry have improved since I entered graduate…

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SSS Meetings in New Orleans!

SSS Meetings in New Orleans!

Last week I was able to attend the Southern Sociological Society’s annual meetings in New Orleans. This was my second opportunity to enjoy this conference, and getting to visit New Orleans for the first time was a major perk! I presented my work on childhood pathways to environmentalism on a panel on the environment and social justice. Other presenters in my panel discussed predictors of environmental justice campaign success and farmworkers’ responses to environmental justice issues in Florida. There was…

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Transparency in research using qualitative data

Transparency in research using qualitative data

I am just back from a trip to New York City to participate in a workshop as a member of the Qualitative Data Repository’s Annotation for Transparent Inquiry working group. The initiative aims to meet increased calls across the sciences for increased transparency, focusing on the particular challenges associated with qualitative data. Transparency in research using qualitative data often has challenges that are different from those faced by quantitative researchers. Scientific transparency in research using quantitative data can often be…

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Reflections on Online Teaching

Reflections on Online Teaching

I recently wrapped up my first online course as instructor of record. I navigated designing and teaching my own course while learning about the nuts and bolts of online teaching. The experience was invaluable. However, I have been reflecting on the benefits and challenges of online teaching, which is in increasingly high demand at the University of Maryland and, I’m sure, elsewhere. I have had the opportunity to lead classrooms and organize my own lectures for discussion sections in the…

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Moderating the Relationship Between Power, Class, and Unethical Behavior

Moderating the Relationship Between Power, Class, and Unethical Behavior

Happy New Year! I am excited about a year of new challenges and opportunities. I’ve recently explored some of the literature in social psychology and group processes attempting to understand altruistic and prosocial, as well as unethical, behavior. Does contact with those bearing the costs of unethical behavior moderate the relationship between power and unethical behavior? Many structures and social processes depend on people not behaving selfishly when presented with a social dilemma, leading to social consequences for widespread behavior…

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Childhood Experiences and Environmental Identities

Childhood Experiences and Environmental Identities

In a recently completed manuscript draft, I argue that childhood experiences are central for understanding why and how some people come to be involved in the environmental movement. My work centers on identity theory and its central idea that when a person incorporates an identity into their self-concept, and the identity becomes salient, it motivates their behavior (Stryker and Burke 2000). Therefore, I use the framework of environmentalist identities to think about how we can predict and understand which individuals…

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Moving Forward

Moving Forward

It’s good to be a graduate student, but life is busy. I struggle to balance research, teaching, professional development, volunteer commitments, and friends & family, just like everyone else I know. The graduate school grind can be challenging. It can feel like I’m pulled in multiple directions without enough time for any of my individual responsibilities. I know I’m not alone in this. I’m also trying to really establish goals for my graduate career. What kind of scholar do I…

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Perceptions of Wildlife and Resilience

Perceptions of Wildlife and Resilience

For a while I have been aiming to connect my research directly with my interest in wildlife issues. When I had the opportunity to take a course in urban social-ecological resilience in another department, I decided to take the opportunity to examine the literature and consider the connections between wildlife and resilience, focusing on urban settings. Meerow and colleagues (2015) define urban resilience as “the ability of an urban system-and all its constituent socio-ecological and socio-technical networks across temporal and…

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Sampling Matters, and More About Wealth and Environmentalism

Sampling Matters, and More About Wealth and Environmentalism

Because of the assumption that public attitudes and values about the environment are necessary preconditions for positive environmental change, scholars have also attempted to explain and predict individual environmental attitudes. Some work has shown the importance of local environmental and weather conditions for predicting environmental concern (Howe et al. 2012). This would suggest that individuals living in close proximity to environmental degradation and the consequences of environmental issues would be more concerned about the environment. On the other hand, some…

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