Areas of Expertise

Evolutionary psychology, Human mating, Cognitive mechanisms, Cognitive/behavioral biases, Physical attractiveness, Sexual coercion, Parent-offspring conflict


I use a combination of evolutionary, cognitive, and social psychology to study human mating.


PhD, University of Texas at Austin 2011
BA, Knox College 2003


Assistant Professor
Southwestern University
August 13, 2016 - present

Texas State University
August 01, 2014 - May 01, 2016

Visiting Assistant Professor
Union College
August 01, 2012 - May 01, 2014

Visiting Assistant Professor
Williams College
August 01, 2011 - May 01, 2012

Teaching Philosophy

Overall, my teaching goals are to cultivate students’ interest in - and mastery of - course material and to improve their critical thinking skills: essentially I want them to become sophisticated consumers of psychological science. To accomplish this, I challenge students in lecture and in assessments to not just memorize information but to aim for true understanding. I work hard on pedagogy and spend a lot of effort varying my instruction methods to increase effectiveness. Finally, I foster a sense of empathy with my students, both in terms of sympathizing with them as individuals and also by actively seeking ways to make my content more relevant to them.

Previous Courses

Survey of Research Methods
Evolutionary psychology