Mikaela Spruill’s research investigates how our judgments and decisions at the individual-level sustain systemic inequities. She works to understand the cognitive processes and social contexts that help facilitate large-scale racial disparities via policy preferences and legal decision-making. She is the Criminal Justice Postdoctoral Fellow with SPARQ at Stanford where she aids in the advancement of the center’s projects on the criminal justice system, with a focus on policing and public safety. Additionally, she serves as an editorial fellow for Psychology, Public Policy & Law.

Professional Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Cornell University (2023)
  • Master of Arts, Cornell University (2021)
  • Master of Arts, Wake Forest University (2018)
  • Bachelor of Science, College of William and Mary (2016)
  • Ph.D., Cornell University, Psychology (2023)
  • M.A., Cornell University, Psychology (2021)
  • M.A., Wake Forest University, Experimental Psychology (2018)
  • B.S., The College of William & Mary, Neuroscience (2016)

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