Erin Toolis

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Erin’s research interests include narrative, identity, cultural psychology, civic engagement, and the politics of public places. Her program of research focuses on: 1) how economic inequality and exclusion are reproduced and resisted through narrative engagement, 2) how these narratives shape and are shaped by institutional policies (such as anti-homeless ordinances), and 3) how the structure and regulation of public places influence participation by different community stakeholders.

Erin received her B.S. in Psychology from Denison University and her M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, where she worked with Dr. Richard Shweder and Dr. Barnaby Riedel to study the narratives of homeless youth. Before coming to UC Santa Cruz, she spent several years working for non-profit organizations. Currently, Erin is an interviewer for the Generations Project and a Social Psychology Ph.D. student at the University of California, Santa Cruz.