Ryan Lei, Ph.D
I received my Ph.D in psychology from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL., and most recently did a postdoctoral fellowship at New York University. My research takes an intersectional approach at examining processes of stereotyping and prejudice. Specifically, I examine how social biases such as racism differ depending on other categories, such as gender (so, does anti-Black bias manifest in the same way for Black boys and Black girls). When not working, I love to watch Broadway shows and play with my dog Eirene.
After working with children aged 5-13 for several years in both a school and summer camp setting, I have developed a fascination with the development of social categories in the minds of children. I have always strived to become active in gaining an understanding of how the human mind perceives others. When not working, I enjoy playing soccer and singing in an a cappella group.
I love children of all ages, and have worked with kids from age one to age seventeen in a variety of roles. My academic background is in sociology and gender studies as well as psychology, and I'm curious about what different disciplines can contribute to our knowledge of children's socialization. I'm most interested in how kids assign themselves and others to gender and race categories, and in how to best support Queer, trans, and gender-nonconforming youth. In my free time, I love walking to music or swimming in lakes and rivers. I'm always looking for a good novel to read!
I am a senior psychology major and neuroscience and Global Asia double minor. I'm interested in studying neurodivergence and ASD, multiraical identity, and pretty much everything else about how the mind develops! In my free time, I enjoy singing, playing the ukulele, and hanging out with friends!
I have always loved working with children (through babysitting experience as well as camp volunteering), but as a Psychology major at Haverford, I have recently gained a new fascination in how children engage with the social world. I am interested in how quickly children develop stereotypes and biases because of social influences, and so I am excited to continue learning about how different aspects of identity such as gender, race, and class can be studied from an intersectional approach. In my free time, I enjoy the outdoors and hiking, playing competitive field hockey, and spending time with friends.
My love for trying to understand human behavior has led me to study psychology and Chinese language at Haverford College. While currently on academic leave, I am excited to use rigorous methodology to take a look at core questions of how we identify and how we are (or are not) seen by those around us. The hope of improving human welfare motivates me in my work and I am strongly interested in social science research application. In my free time, I can often be found rollerblading, jogging, and/or listening to podcasts like the 80,000 Hours Podcast and the Daily by the NYT.
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