Vanessa is a Developmental Psychology doctoral student as well as an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research fellow working with Lin Bian. She graduated from Cornell University and received her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Inequality Studies. After graduating, she worked as the lab manager for the Emerging Minds Lab at Arizona State University, where she conducted research on curiosity in infants and young children.
Vanessa’s research interests can be found at the intersections of social and developmental psychology and early education. She uses an interdisciplinary framework to investigate how children's social biases about power, privilege, and inequality in educational contexts are influenced by society and their beliefs about social groups.