“I believe... that theories of the middle range hold the largest promise, provided that the search for them is coupled with a pervasive concern with consolidating special theories into more general sets of concepts and mutually consistent propositions.”
- Robert Merton
What I Do
My research is animated by two complementary aims. First, I examine how work in cultural sociology, social psychology, and cognitive psychology can be synthesized to develop better models of human action, focusing particularly on values, identities, and dual-process cognition. Second, I explore the sources and behavioral consequences of different moral cultures.
I also am interested in quantitative methods. In the past I have published on rural churches and clergy health.
Website last updated: July 22, 2019
New Paper on Measuring Automatic Cognition in Sociology
Sociological theories have long drawn on ideas of habit, schemas, and other forms of implicit cognition. In a new paper published in the American Sociological Review my co-authors Raphael Charron-Chenier, Cyrus Schleifer and I argue that our measurement must accurately instantiate our theories. We offer evidence for the utility of the affect misattribution procedure for capturing constructs of interest to sociologists.
Associate Professor of Sociology
University of Toronto
Director of the Morality, Action, and Cognition Lab