Almost immediately after meeting someone, we have already noticed their gender. I study gender biases and stereotypes with a social cognitive focus. My research also concerns concepts, moral psychology, person perception, nonverbal behavior, power, and intergroup relations more broadly. To learn more, check out my CV, publication record, teaching, or contact me!
When asked to think of a person, many people default to thinking of a man. This behavior reflects the androcentric tendency to conflate people with men. Inter-disciplinary research on androcentrism often emphasizes it in cultural-level practices like language, e.g., using man to mean people. My work elaborates the psychology of androcentrism by drawing on basic cognitive research on concepts.
"Master" vs. "Head": A natural experiment[coming soon]
Automatic androcentrism: Men as human and women as gendered[coming soon]
People form impressions of others based on nonverbal behavior. Expansive body postures convey power to perceivers compared to contracted body postures, and some have claimed that briefly enacting body postures makes people feel and act powerful. Gender is also connected to power, with men stereotyped as more powerful and "agentic" than women. I investigate the possible role of gender in disrupting the link between power and body postures.
...but gender interferes[in press]
People tend to like women more than men and to like stereotypically feminine traits, e.g., warmth and honesty. My research is uncovering some surprising exceptions to the apparent positivity of women and feminine-linked traits, which have sometimes been considered to be obligatory. David Melnikoff is a key collaborator in this research.
Only submissive women are wonderful[in press]
About 25% of STEM employees in industry and academia are women. Gender biases contribute to these disparities. Video Interventions for Diversity in STEM (VIDS) is a scalable intervention comprised of professional videos validated to reduce bias. Our work tests ways VIDS can be maximized and improved. This work is in collaboration with Eva Pietri and Erin Hennes.