Psychology of poverty, Self-defeating behavior at work, Social cognition, Cultural comparison
Year of entry: 2016
BS Psychology, Peking University;
MA Sociology, Emory University.
Inspired by both worlds of sociology and psychology, Tianyu studies how individuals make sense of the precarious states of social life, especially financial precarity in their social environment. Drawing from the psychology of socio-economic status and scarcity, she examines how experiences of financial precarity and economic adversity inform people’s cognitions and assumptions about their environment, which subsequently impact their behaviors at work, both in their construal of work and work-related interpersonal relationships (e.g. voice, negotiation, networking pattern, learning orientation etc.)