The UCSD Rady Ethics and Conflict Lab
Prof. TAGE RAI
Arathy is a second-year graduate student in the Management program. She is interested in politics, morality, and emotional experience. In her current work, she is investigating how victims' feelings of whether they deserve harm impact their experience of pain itself. Going forward, she is very interested in the politics of food as a mechanism for authoritarianism.
Raihan is a first-year graduate student in the Management program. He is interested in morality and violence. In his current work, he is investigating how and when people conceptualize violence as a possible course of action at all, as well as how different approaches are required for reducing violence that is motivated by moral rather than material ends. Going forward, he is interested in ways to cultivate moral outrage as a catalyst for social movements.
NOTE: I am accepting graduate students for the 2024-2025 Academic year
What I look for in potential advisees:
1) Have interests in morality, culture, violence, and their evolution. Feel a drive toward social justice and a curiosity about the social structures that lead to injustice. Students can expect to read very widely, drawing on scholarship across the full breadth of social sciences from cognitive science to cultural anthropology
2) Have interest in learning and using multiple, mixed methods (e.g., interviewing, in-lab and online experiments; dyadic/group interaction studies, psychophysiological measurements; experience sampling methods, archival analyses, and more). Stats training, computational skills, etc are all a plus but not required
3) Eagerness to engage in fieldwork! Moving forward, many of our projects will move beyond the lab to study morality "in the wild" across a variety of organizational and cultural settings
4) Diverse backgrounds and life experiences. Academically, I welcome students from non-psychological fields that can complement my expertise (e.g. sociology, economics, etc.). I am also happy to discuss the differences between pursuing a PhD at Rady vs. a more traditional subdiscipline
5) Ability to work independently and solve problems. Desire to work hard, seize every day, be passionate, all that good stuff.