I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, where I direct the Cognitive Evolution Group. My research addresses the evolutionary origins of the human mind by examining how different primate species think about the world, whether their psychological abilities are similar to (or different from) our own, and finally why variation in cognition emerges across taxa from an evolutionary perspective. I am especially interested in the origins of human-like economic behavior and executive control.
I received an AB in Psychology from Harvard University with a certificate in Mind, Brain, and Behavior, and a PhD in Evolutionary Anthropology from Duke University, where I was part of the Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program. I conducted postdoctoral research as part of the Department of Psychology at Yale University.