How do Norms (or Non-Norms) promote violence and what can we do about it?
My research focuses on social change, ideological norms (e.g., sexist norms or anti-immigrant sentiment), and violence prevention and collective action (collective action and sexual assault prevention). I use multilevel modeling in much of my research.
The global prevalence of sexual violence, income inequality, and anti-immigrant discrimination are constant reminders of the ubiquity of intergroup inequality. However, opposition to inequality is also ubiquitous, as demonstrated by Chilean student protests, uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, and campaigns for women’s rights around the world. The dynamics of inequality are an important topic for social psychologists, and my research examines it with theoretical pluralism, methodological rigor, and practical application.
My research focuses on (a) the consequences of ideological norms (i.e., shared belief systems, such as sexist norms or anti-immigrant sentiment) for violence, discrimination, and inequality, and (b) how to disrupt those norms in order to prevent violence (e.g., sexual assault prevention) and to encourage collective action. Most of my research integrates and extends social dominance theory's analysis of ideologies and intergroup inequality with structural analyses of ideology and violence, and theories of morality, intergroup emotions, and social identity. Thus, I take a pluralistic approach by applying diverse social psychological theories to social problems through interventions, programs, and other applications.