I am an expert in gendered conflict and combine nature and nurture approaches in my research. First, my research considers how behavior, attitudes, and culture associated with gender are influenced by the interplay between nature, nurture, and the state of the economy. Myself and my collaborators propose that gendered phenomena such as inimate partner violence, attitudes toward abortion, and male-male aggression arise partially out of market conditions that shift the bargaining power between men and women. Second, I investigate the causes and consequences of female competition and the conditions under which female sexualization elevates women's agency. Third, I develop methodological tools to advance the psychosocial study of female ovulation and ovarian hormones. Finally, I am interested in the social contexts eliciting aggression, especially male-to-female aggression and intimate partner violence.
An example of my current research questions are:
- How does the social situation predict misogyny, especially on Twitter (men's right activism and related tweets)?
- What is the relationship between female competition (sexualized selfies) and income inequality versus gender inequality?
- What is the relationship between gender equality and attitudes towards male-to-female intimate partner coercion?
- How does gendered bargaining power affect violent crime in Australia?
2018 British Council FameLab Science Communication Competition Australian Finalist
2018 British Council FameLab Science Communication Competition NSW Runner Up
2016 Australian Psychological Society Elaine Dignan Award for Research Benefiting Women
2016 International Society for Research in Aggression Lagerspetz Award
2016 International Society for Research in Aggression Young Investigator Award
2016 Society of Australasian Social Psychologists Award for Outstanding Postgraduate Research
2014 Sydney Psychology Postgraduate Conference Award for Best Empirical Presentation