IMG_0300ph.d. candidate, psychology & social policy
princeton university
department of psychology
woodrow wilson school of public and international affairs
joelem@princeton.edu
curriculum vitae

i broadly research social cognition, perception, interaction, & justice – specifically in racial, immigrant, and queer contexts. i also blog and gather resources for varying topics (statistics, programming, social justice).

alex todorov lab
betsy levy paluck lab

current projects


representation and learning of social identities
dynamics of person perception using insights from computational methods and memory processes in the context of social interactions and learning. specific focus on the cognitive organization of identities and how they flexibly shift with time, context, group membership, social affiliations and how they may inform social problems (e.g., anti-immigrant discourse, racism, stereotyping).

intersubjectivity in evaluations
development of statistical methods to quantify the idiosyncrasy or sharedness of evaluations across rater demographics (group membership), stimuli (faces, objects, social groups, and discourse), and political/conflict contexts as a way to map shared understanding and steer it in prosocial directions.

queer health
mapping the socio-moral judgments of men who take truvada (aka PrEP, a daily pre-exposure prophylaxis pill for h.i.v. prevention) in relation to sexual behavior (e.g., “promiscuity”) and the socio-medical framing of truvada itself as means for improving PrEP uptake.

other areas of interest


society: critical theories: {race, class, queer, feminism}, immigrants, citizenship, social movements, identitarian politics, social discourse.
cognition: memory, representation, decision making, executive functions, development.
philosophy: subjectivity, phenomenology, social constructionism, essentialism, postmodernism.
statistics:
 mixed effect modeling, variance decomposition, measurement.