Studies of Identity
As a personality
psychologist I work in the "study of lives" tradition
pioneered by Henry Murray, Robert White, and Erik Erikson, which
entails investigating single lives in depth. In my research, I
conduct open-ended interviews to elict life-stories, beliefs,
and values, and then draw on a variety of narrative analysis methods
-- especially those associated with Levi-Strauss, Ricoeur, and
Bakhtin -- to study how people construct and shift among multiple
Press 1991 more
and Identity: Life-Narrative Studies in Morocco Oxford
U. Press 2007 more
Psychology: Morocco and the Middle East
I am interested in
how culture shapes development across the life-span, and especially
the development of identity in early adulthood. I lived and did
field work in Morocco for five years, conducting an ethnography
of the Berber-speaking Imeghrane of the High Atlas - Dades Valley
region, and then using life-history interviews to study identity
development among educated young adults in villages and small
towns around Ouarzazate (see Publications).
East: A Cultural Psychology
U. Press 2005 more
and Music Cognition
Though not a musician,
I am interested in exploring the ways in which life-narratives
may have organizational structures similar to those of tonal music.
In particular, I believe that people may configure "key"
symbols, images, and metaphors into scale-like relations, which
then provide an orchestration of their emotional lives.