about

rdhawkins@princeton.edu

I’m interested in the cognitive mechanisms that allow people to flexibly communicate, collaborate, and coordinate on social conventions in groups. I work on these problems using interactive multi-player experiments and computational models of communication and social reasoning. Here’s a recent workshop talk that is reasonably representative.

I am thrilled to be starting as an assistant professor of Psychology at UW-Madison in Fall 2023. I will be recruiting at all levels, including lab manager, graduate students, and post-doc, so please get in touch if interested!

I am currently a C.V. Starr Fellow at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. I defended my dissertation in the Department of Psychology at Stanford in 2019. Previously, I graduated from Indiana University in 2014 with degrees in Mathematics and Cognitive Science and spent the summers of 2012 and 2013 as an Edward A. Knapp Undergraduate Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute.

I strongly believe that the best work is done in collaboration. Below are just a few of my own collaborator-mentors, and here’s my attempt to articulate an (aspirational) way of thinking about mentorship as a special type of collaborative relationship, which I try to pass forward to my own mentees.