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Katherine Kinzler

Professor
Department of Psychology and the College

Katherine Kinzler’s research sits at the intersection of developmental and social psychology. Her work focuses on the origins of prejudice and ingroup/outgroup thinking, with an emphasis on understanding how language and accent mark social groups. She is also interested in food cognition and moral psychology.

Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the John Templeton Foundation, and has appeared in The New York Times and other media outlets. She was named a Young Scientist, one of 50 scientists under age 40, recognized by the World Economic Forum.

Kinzler holds a PhD in psychology from Harvard University and a BA in cognitive science from Yale University. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. She first joined the University of Chicago as a Neubauer Family Assistant Professor in 2008, and, most recently, she was chair of the Department of Psychology at Cornell University. Kinzler currently serves as a deputy dean for the Social Sciences Division.

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