Head of Butler College
Wu Hall, Butler College
Princeton, NJ 08544
Welcome to Butler College and to Princeton University! This is my third year as Head of Butler College, and I am excited to get to know each of you in this wonderful community. Along with the superb staff, my hope is to help create a space that is stimulating and rewarding for each Butlerite.
I was born and spent my childhood in Virginia (my southern accent slips out when I’m tired or excited). I studied psychology as an undergraduate at The College of William and Mary in Virginia. I enjoyed the discipline so much that I continued studying psychology at The University of Virginia for my PhD. Then, after deciding one had to leave Virginia at some point, I headed to The University of Michigan for a two year postdoctoral fellowship.
I have been a faculty member in the Department of Psychology since 2000. In addition, I was a freshman and sophomore academic advisor as well as a Faculty Fellow at Mathey for many years, but three years ago I saw the light and transferred my allegiances and affections to Butler. For the past several years, one area of my research has focused on the dynamics of interpersonal interactions in residential living spaces. (Yes, we can predict which roommates will get along! Science is a powerful thing. ) I would love to chat with you about some of the findings over a meal in the dining hall or Wu Café.
When I’m not at Butler, you can find me in the classroom teaching students how situational factors can make them do irrational things (PSY 252: Introductory Social Psychology) and how to obtain and maintain the perfect relationship (PSY 327: Close Relationships). Or, you can find me in my psychology lab working with numerous undergraduate and graduate students trying to find the best conditions to improve intergroup interactions and relationships.
I very much look forward to working with each of you! Please do not hesitate to stop by my office in Butler, join me for a meal, or just strike up a conversation in the hallway. If you feel a bit nervous, just ask me what I have in common with Nicole Kidman (there might be a surprise for you if you do).