E-mail: rdhawkins@princeton.edu

I’m interested in social interaction and the cognitive mechanisms that allow people to flexibly coordinate and communicate with one another, particularly those involved in the formation of social conventions and norms. 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.

In Fall 2019, I started a post-doc as a C.V. Starr Fellow at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. My research is also supported by an NSF SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.

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.