I am an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Davidson College, specializing in Social Psychology. In Fall 2012 I will be teaching Social Psychology (PSY 232) along with Research Methods in Social Psychology (PSY 318). My current research investigates perceptions of women who are the targets of benevolent sexism, and factors that increase recognition and confrontation of sexism. In another line of research, I am exploring perceptions of multiracial individuals, as a function of perceivers' modern racist beliefs and attitudes toward affirmative action.
Recent Popular PressA recent article that I co-authored with Julie Woodzicka and Lylan Wingfield has been receiving some attention in the popular press. Click on the links below to hear my radio interview and to read what bloggers are saying about my research: BBC Radio Interview, All in the Mind Nature.com, Blogging the Ph.D. Big Think blog World Science Online Magazine
I earned my Ph.D. from Rutgers University working primarily with Dr. Diana Sanchez (Stigma, Health, & Close Relationships Lab). My dissertation examined perceptions of female targets of benevolent and hostile sexism in a job interview context, as a function of their gender typicality and whether they accept or reject the sexist treatment.
I also completed my masters thesis at Rutgers, focusing on motivation to engage in gender conforming behavior and its effects on self-esteem and gender identity. The resulting paper was published in Psychology of Women Quarterly and won the Annual Award for Student Psychological Research on Women and Gender, given by the Society for the Psychology of Women and the Association for Women in Psychology.
I earned my B.A. from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Women's Studies. For my senior thesis, I completed a project on the effects of educational intervention on the acceptance of benevolent sexism, advised by Dr. Julie Woodzicka.
I am originally from Delaware, but currently reside in Davidson, NC with my husband, Steve, and our two kitties.
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