Prerana (Ria) is a Harvard College Fellow and post-doctoral researcher. She is broadly interested in the intersections between hierarchy, inequality, and morality. Specifically, she aims to understand how our perceptions of ourselves and others in terms of relative social class affect our beliefs about moral values such as equality and social justice. She is also interested in what identity factors influence the extent to which we support these values of equality and social justice over beliefs in individual deservingness and meritocracy.
Prerana earned her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst under Dr. Ronnie Janoff-Bulman. She also holds a Master's in Education from her time as a middle school teacher in New York City as part of the Teach for America program, as well as a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.