A Cross-Boundary Social Science of Trust

Trust matters.

 

Social theorists have long argued that the fundamentally uncertain nature of the human experience necessarily positions trust as a precondition of social cohesion but the events of the last few years have brought questions of trust to the forefront. Understanding, building, and repairing trust has become critical for the effective function of policing, public health, and even higher education itself. Although much has been done to investigate these issues, little has been done to integrate this work to develop a cross boundary understanding of the construct. Thus, despite a need for it in virtually every human interaction, trust research remains typified by contextual and disciplinary silos.

 

My program of research, teaching, and service takes a deliberately interdisciplinary approach to bridging these boundaries through efforts that seek to synergistically advance the scientific literature, train the next generation of trust scholars, and ensure strong potential for broader impact. 

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...the present is the only thing of which a man can be deprived, if it is true that this is the only thing which he has, and that a man cannot lose a thing if he has it not.

“Tell me one last thing, Is this real? Or has this been happening inside my head?"

"Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”

Current Projects
Status
Project Name
Project Type
Link
2014
MSU Superfund Research Center
Research Collaboration
https://iit.msu.edu/centers/superfund/
2015
Flint Water Community Narratives Group
Research Collaboration
https://michr.umich.edu/resources/2020/2/18/community-voice-on-the-flint-water-crisis-a-trust-study
2018
Public Engagement Pilot Projects
Research Collaboration
https://www.ncsc.org/topics/court-community/public-trust-and-confidence/public-engagement-pilot-projects
2020
Making it Easier to Report
Research Collaboration
https://www.unomaha.edu/ncite/research/research-projects/making-it-easier-to-report.php
2020
Improving Officer Safety and Decision-making by Understanding and Harnessing Within-Officer States and Between-Officer Traits
Research Project
https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1949083&HistoricalAwards=false
2020
Identifying the Critical Trustees for Increasing COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance in Disenfranchised Communities
Research Project