Bio

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I am a scholar, author, educator and mentor with interests in happiness, virtue and the common good. After earning my B.A. in Psychology from Yale University, I conducted fieldwork on the re-integration into civilian life of ex-combatants in Central America in the mid-1990s. Seeing how communities recovered more quickly from the devastating civil wars because they had strong leadership and numerous community organizations led me to earn my M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University. My book Faith Makes Us Live: Surviving and Thriving in the Haitian Diaspora (University of California Press, 2009) demonstrated how religious communities support the successful adaptation of Haitian immigrants in the U.S., Canada and France.

After spending six years on the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in July 2013, I joined the Department of Sociology at Yale University as an Associate Research Scientist. As part of a funded research grant from the John Templeton Foundation, I recently interviewed young adults in 10 different states across the U.S. who have undergone traumatic life events. Through their personal narratives, I explore the importance of relationships and communities to fostering human flourishing following traumatic events.

In addition to my numerous publications in academic journals, I contribute insights on happiness, virtue and the common good to the Black, White and Gray blog. As a Resident Fellow of Calhoun College at Yale, I organized the Calhoun Happiness Project to teach students about the art and science of happiness and guide them towards practical applications that improve their wellbeing and that of others around them.

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