About me

I’m a postdoctoral Fellow in the Dispute Resolution Research Center of the Management and Organizations Department at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. My research investigates the origins of human morality. In particular, I explore the powerful influence of the drive to be seen positively by others. I generate and test theories for how reputation motives create hidden incentives that shape our moral behaviors, emotions, and cognition—often without our conscious awareness. My work integrates methods from psychology, behavioral economics, and evolutionary game theory. I have used this approach to ask questions like: What gives rise to moral outrage, condemnation, and punishment? Why do we hate hypocrites? And what drives people to cooperate without calculating the costs and benefits? Before coming to Kellogg, I received my PhD from the Department of Psychology at Yale University, where I collaborated with David Rand and Paul Bloom.

You can email me at jillian.jordan@kellogg.northwestern.edu, and view my Google scholar profile here.

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