This is Your Brain on Capitalism
This panel will explore the impacts of capitalism on human psychology and behavior and the human response to living under the pressure of late-stage capitalism and the related crises we’re facing in this historical moment.
Dr. Daniel Lee is a veteran, elected official, community organizer, and he currently serves on the Board of Directors for Move to Amend, the Backbone Campaign, Mockingbird Incubator and the Clean Power Alliance. Daniel has a masters in social work from UCLA and a Doctorate of social work from USC.
Dr. Gloria Wong-Padoongpatt is an assistant professor at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada. The centerpiece of her research focuses on mental health issues among marginalized individuals. Dr. Wong-Padoongpatt investigates the impact, mechanisms, and individual variations in stress responses to microaggressions, an everyday form of discrimination. She also examines the ethnic and gender differences in risk-factors for different types of addictions. More recently, she has invested the impact on the COVID-19 pandemic on the most vulnerable communities and the anti-Asian sentiments during the pandemic. Wong-Padoongpatt’s research has been published in the Race and Social Problems, the Journal of Counseling Psychology, Behavioral Medicine, and the Asian American Journal of Psychology, among others. Dr. Wong-Padoongpatt holds an executive position for the Asian American Psychological Association as the communication officer. Outside scholarly work, Wong-Padoongpatt loves to coach hockey and advocates for womyn in professional sports.
Gloria received her B.S. in psychology from the University of California, San Diego and her Ph.D. in social/personality psychology from the University of California, Davis.
Lianne received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from UCLA in 2019. Her research looks at how trauma changes how we empathize with others going through similar traumatic experiences, and how we can increase social support for people experiencing trauma or discrimination. Lianne also collaborates on research exploring mental health outcomes and social support for people living with HIV. Lianne is an assistant professor in residence at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she teaches courses such as social psychology, multicultural psychology, the psychology of gender, and a seminar on the science of empathy
Jessica Munger (she/her) is Co-Director of Move to Amend, the coalition working to dismantle corporate power through grassroots movement-building in support of the 28th amendment. She is also an organizer and facilitator for the project “Toward A People’s Constitution” in an effort to nurture the potential for democratic constitutional renewal. She is a member of many communities but is currently living in unceded Southern Paiute and Chemehuevi land called Las Vegas, NV where she practices mutual aid and feeds people her home-baked sourdough bread.