Ph.D. Princeton University, 2011
Department of Sociology
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
26 Nichol Avenue
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
Office: Davison Hall, 126
Hana Shepherd's work focuses on three areas.
- Social networks, norms, and group cultures
Shepherd’s current work draws on a year-long field experiment that she co-directed in 56 middle schools in New Jersey. Evidence of the effect of the intervention program on students' perceived norms of social conflict and on student behavior can be found in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences here. The program curriculum can be found here.
Her research examines the social cognitive process of forming perceptions of the social norms operating in a group or setting, and how that process is shaped by social networks. She is interested in social norms as a central element of culture as they shape larger patterns of behavior in groups.
- Cognitive and social psychological accounts of culture
Her current work includes survey experiments on cognition and fertility preferences among college students, and using new methods to identify schemas for action from survey data about fertility.
- The relationship between organizations and inequality
Her current work looks at variation among organizations in how they implement new laws and the implications for those affected by the organizations, using the case of the NJ Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights.
Her previous work examines elites and foreign policy knowledge, racial discrimination, and classification in the World Bank.Shepherd uses diverse methods including network analysis, lab and field-based experiments, interviews, and archival research. She is particularly interested in various attempts at social change including social engineering, social movements, utopian scheming, and policy.
Shepherd uses diverse methods including network analysis, lab and field-based experiments, interviews, and archival research. She is particularly interested in various attempts at social change including social engineering, social movements, utopian scheming, and policy.
Prior to joining the department, Professor Shepherd was a postdoctoral associate and lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Department of Psychology at Princeton University.