Department of Psychology
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Joel’s research explores how various data-driven methods help us measure collective and idiosyncratic understandings of contemporary topics within race, sexuality, and migration discourse. Examples include identifying how perceptions of racism, mental representations of illegalized immigrants, or beliefs on whether taking HIV prevention medication is a private or public matter become patterned within and between social cleavages. In a developing line of research, they interrogate how mainstream analytic methods and philosophical commitments (e.g., social epistemologies and ontologies) facilitate or restrict knowledge-building in the field of psychology. For instance, highlighting how anti-essentialist and materialist philosophies cast doubt on social psychology’s analytic approaches for studying “racial groups” as static agentic entities.
Joel received their Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Policy from Princeton University under the mentorship of Dr. Alexander Todorov and Dr. Elizabeth Levy Paluck.