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Erica Boothby is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Operations, Information, & Decisions Department at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also teaches Negotiations. Erica’s research examines how people make social judgments and decisions. She studies a wide range of ways people impact one another, both intentionally and unintentionally, and the psychological processes underlying people’s beliefs about the impact they have on others in the course of everyday social interactions, including conversations, shared experiences, and small acts of kindness.

Erica’s research has been published in top-tier academic journals, such as Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Psychological Science, and in several edited volumes. It has been featured by media outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Forbes, Huffington Post, and Scientific American.  

Prior to arriving at The Wharton School, Erica completed her Ph.D. in Social Psychology at Yale University and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Behavioral Economics and Decision Research Center and the Psychology Department at Cornell University. She has a B.A. in Philosophy and a Minor in Italian from Boston University.

A native of Santa Cruz, California, Erica is passionate about surfing, painting, photography, playing the fiddle, and all things Italian.