Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington

Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington

Ph.D. Candidate in Psychology
Doctoral Fellow, Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington

Jennifer is a fifth year graduate student in the Lab, whose dissertation focuses on the social cognitive mechanisms underpinning our sensitivity to power, status, and group membership. She is currently applying psychological theory and experimental methods to the study of decision-making and self regulation in times of scarcity, low status, and inequality. Jennifer has also conducted research on the intersection of power and intergroup relations, showing how power and powerlessness are experienced vicariously through shared group membership

In 2010-11, Jennifer was a Lab Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, where she led a project on why ingroup peers punish those who blow the whistle on acts of corruption. 

Jennifer graduated with a BA in Psychology and Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin and an MSc in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Before commencing at Harvard, Jennifer applied social psychology to the analysis of conflict and terrorism with the UK Ministry of Defence, finishing in the post of Senior Strategic Analyst.