Diane-Jo is a Ghanaian-American PhD student at the University of Virginia studying Social Psychology. Diane-Jo grew up in Kansas City, MO and received her undergraduate degree in African & African American Studies and Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis before leaving the midwest behind for Virginia in 2016. She joined the Social Cognition and Behavior Lab at UVa and investigates how racism operates at the intersection of gender and skin tone. You can follow Diane-Jo on Twitter @D_Bartplange.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Night Owl

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?


3 Do you have any pets?

I have an adorable tortoiseshell cat named Muffy Crosswire (S/O to all the Arthur fans out there!)

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?


5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?


6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?


7 Do you speak any other languages?


8 If you could switch professions, what would you do?

I would salsa dance professionally or paint full-time!

9 If you could switch science fields, what field would you want to work in?

I would be a veterinarian

10 If you got a plane ticket right now, where would it go?

I’d go back to Ghana to visit my extended family

11 If you had one superpower, what would it be?

The ability to conjure an object just by imagining it. I’d use this mainly for chocolate chip cookies.

12 Is there anything you strongly recommend we watch and/or read and/or listen to?

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne and Citizen by Claudia Rankine

13 It’s your day off. What do you want to do?

Watch Netflix and crochet, paint, or bake!

14 What are three things you can’t live without?

My family, books, and cadbury mini eggs

15 What beverage gives you life?

Jasmine green tea

16 What book did you read in school that positively shaped you?

The Giver

17 What did you want to be when you grew up?

A doctor

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

Hope that my research can help even a little to strive toward a better, more equitable, world.

19 What got you excited in science?

My high school biology teaching, Mr. Kerwin, he always played classic rock during lab and make class fun

20 What excites you about science now?

Asking new questions!

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Watching Say Yes to the Dress!

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

I can sing the alphabet backwards

23 What is your favorite game?

Scrabble or bananagrams

24 What is the last book you read?

The Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett

25 What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve received?

eat, sleep, and exercise

26 What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do?

Writing a book

27 What is the best advice for your 18 year old self?

Quitting something that’s not right for you isn’t always “failure”, make choices that feel right and bring you happiness and peace.

28 What is the best way to de-stress?


29 What is the last thing you watched?


30 What is the weirdest thing you’ve had in your bag?

Black pepper

31 What is your favorite animal?


32 What is your favorite book?

The Book Thief By Marcus Zusak

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Pumpkin bread

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

March 21st, when my favorite magnolia tree blooms every year, and Thanksgiving, when my family is all together and I make dessert!

35 What is your favorite plant?


36 What is your favorite science fact?

There are 17 different species of penquins

37 What is your favorite season?


38 What is your favorite smell?

Cookies baking in the oven

39 What is your favorite sound?

My parents voices when they cheerfully pick up the phone and say hello Diane-Jo!

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

My closeness to my family

41 What is your favorite word (in any language)?


42 What is your proudest moment?

My first conference talk in social psychology

43 What kind of tree would you be?

California Redwood

44 What’s the best thing about where you live?

Its filled with natural beauty

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I love creating- sewing and crocheting my own clothes, knitting, painting, you name it!

46 Who would you like to see 46 Questions interview next?

Erin Westgate