Bryan West

Bryan West

PhD Student in Social Psychology

Cornell University

I am a Ph.D. candidate in social psychology working with David Pizarro (Cornell), Melissa Ferguson (Yale), and Tom Gilovich (Cornell). Using a combination of experimental methods and large-scale survey data, I study how moral judgment, political ideology, and religious belief interact with and influence one another, and how these relationships impact intergroup behavior, social change, and how we perceive others.

Before starting my graduate work at Cornell, I completed a post-baccalaureate certificate in Psychology & Social Behavior at UC Irvine, where I worked with Jacqueline Chen, Paul Piff, Pete Ditto, and Azim Shariff.


  • Moral Psychology
  • Political Psychology
  • Psychology of Religion
  • Social Inequality
  • Social Change
  • Social Cognition
  • 'Big Data' / Data Science
  • Human-AI Interaction/Collaboration


  • PhD in Social Psychology, 2024 (expected)

    Cornell University

  • MA in Social Psychology, 2020

    Cornell University

  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Psychology & Social Behavior, 2016

    UC Irvine

  • BA in Music (cello performance & music composition), 2010


Teaching Experience


Designed and taught a writing and discussion-based seminar that focused on reading and science communication. Led weekly discussions, developed and graded assignments, and mentored students on research proposal projects.

Teaching Assistant


Designed and taught a writing-intensive course that focused on reading and communicating current research in social psychology. Chose readings for students, led weekly discussions, and graded all assignments.

Teaching Assistant


Designed and taught an online, asynchronous introductory psychology course using open-source materials from NOBA (external link).

Click here to view a copy of the textbook online, or you may view a PDF copy.

All course materials CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

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