People

Lab Members

Lab Director

Pronouns: she/her

Bio: I am an assistant professor of psychology at the University of New Hampshire and a visiting scholar at New York University. I received my BA from Colgate University and my Ph.D. from Yale University in social and personality psychology. Outside the lab, I enjoy biking and reading fantasy, sci-fi, and philosophy.

Research Interests: I investigate bias and beliefs about social identities and groups. I use quantitative methods from social, cognitive, and developmental psychology as well as approaches from computational linguistics and philosophy. Through my research, I seek to address the cognitive roots of unfair social hierarchies and systems of oppression (e.g., sexism and racism) to create a more equitable and inclusive society for all.

Email: april.bailey@unh.edu


Trish Burkins

Ph.D. Student

Pronouns: they/them

Bio: I'm a Ph.D. Student in social psychology at UNH, working with Dr. Bailey in the BIAS Lab. Originally from Middlebury VT, I graduated from Ithaca College in 2021 and decided to continue my education to conduct research and become a professor. I love painting, games, and meeting new people!

Research Interests: My work at Ithaca College focused on motivation and well-being, particularly on self-determination theory and regulatory focus theory. My current work in the BIAS lab is investigating the interaction between gender, androcentrism, and personhood, with further research into the mechanisms behind this interaction currently on the horizon. In the future, I also plan to explore the connection between essentialism (biological and value-based) and views towards transgender people, possibly to uncover mechanisms that could be used in interventions.

Email: trish.burkins@unh.edu

Nich DiMaggio

Research Coordinator

Pronouns: he/him

Bio: I am a Post-Bac researcher at UNH. I received my BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and I intend on pursuing a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior in the near future. When I'm not doing research, I volunteer as a coach at the local kickboxing gym.


Research Interests: My work at UNC focused on moral judgements and political polarization, drawing on theories of dyadic morality and cultural tightness to investigate perceptions around "purity" and climate change. My work in the BIAS lab uses Natural Language Processing techniques to investigate how features in language influence latent gender bias. In the future, I hope to explore the connection between gender stereotypes and perceptions of agency and how this influences inequality in the workplace.


Email: nicholas.dimaggio@unh.edu

Lab Affiliates and Collaborators

Sophie Arnold

Graduate Student at New York University

Dr. Andrei Cimpian

Professor at New York University

Dr. Robin Dembroff

Assistant Professor at Yale University

Ingrid Friedman

Graduate Student at Drexel University

Shan Gao

Graduate Student at New York Unviersity

Elif G. Ikizer

Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Dr. Joshua Knobe

Professor at Yale University

Maya Kreitman

Student at New York University

Rachel Leshin

Ph.D. Candidate at New York University

Aashna Poddar

Graduate Student at New York University

Dr. Adina Williams

Research Scientist at Meta Inc.

Dr. Daniel Wodak

Associate Professor at University of Pennsylvania

Franklin the (Wild)Cat

Bio: Franklin grew up on the streets of New York City before being taken in by a kind stranger. Franklin then spent several months at a shelter before being adopted by April. Franklin now serves as the BIAS Lab's very own wildcat mascot.

Interests: wand toys, pigeons, squirrels, and eating grass