Dov Cohen has been a faculty member at the University of Illinois and the University of Waterloo in Canada. He is the co-author or co-editor of the books: Handbook of Cultural Psychology, Culture of Honor, and Culture and Social Behavior. Among other topics, he has done research on culture; religion; language use; concepts of face, dignity, and honor; violence; and legal policy and practice.
Emily Kim is a doctoral student in Social Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Northwestern University and M.S. in Social Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Emily is interested in cultural syndrome, cultural logic and cultural variation in defensive/coping processes, motivation and morality. While not buried in books, Emily enjoys running and yoga, and sharing a good cup of coffee with friends.
Pete Ondish completed his undergraduate degree in Biology at Allegheny College and is a doctoral student in Social Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Pete's primary line of research is related to working and middle class cultural differences in identity, academic motivation, and how they think about upwards social mobility. For this, he runs many of his studies here at UIUC. His second line of research uses nationally representative data and election samples to investigate how fundamental tendencies (such as need for cognition and belief in a just world) of liberals and conservatives contribute to how they develop their attitudes and build consensus with their groups. Following this, he also investigates how ideological attitudes have become "polarized" on a national level. In his free time he enjoys writing, tacos, and watching It's Always Sunny.
Faith Shin is a doctoral student in Social Psychology and completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin (Hook em'!). In the CSB lab, Faith is currently working on projects related to the psychology behind financial decision-making, how different cultures can perceive creditors and debtors, and religion. With the help of undergraduate research assistants, she conducts experiments in the lab, surveys individuals in the community, and also runs studies online. In Faith’s spare time, you can find her playing with her dog, running outside, or grabbing a beer downtown.
Xi (Cici) Liu is currently a PhD Student working primarily with Professor Dov Cohen in the field of Social and Cultural Psychology. She graduated from Wesleyan University in 2014 with a major in Psychology. Her current line of work is focused on language, culture, and stereotypes. An example of the kind of questions that her research seeks to answer would be: how does specific language features that seemingly lack concrete meaning influence speakers’ mental representation and evaluation of the objects that are being described? Her secondary line of research concerns the cultural difference in time perception and planning. Cici regularly works with 2 to 3 undergraduate assistants each semester to conduct experimental studies in the lab, organize and code archival datasets using Excel, as well as design and manage online surveys using platforms such as Qualtrics and MTurk. She enjoys cooking and eating spicy Chinese food, musicals, and a cellphone-less and email-less casual evening with family.
Minjae Seo is a doctoral student in Social Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Political Science at Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea. Minjae is currently working on projects relating to Cultural differences in moral judgment and behavior.