Research Summary

Broadly defined, I study issues related to Diversity Equity and Inclusion, in society and at the workplace. My research combines experiments, quasi-experiments, nationally representative surveys, forecasting studies, archival data, text analyses, and field interventions to tackle issues of age and gender inequalities. My work has been published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Cognition, and the Handbook of the Psychology of Aging. My most recent work is under review at Journal of Applied Psychology.

In one stream of work, I examine attitudes toward younger adults. In an aging world where young people are becoming a minority, my work sheds light on young-targeted ageism and its detrimental effects on the life experience, work outcome, and economic prospects of younger generations. In doing so, I also examine lay and academics’ assumptions about young- and old-targeted ageism, how these assumptions deviate from reality, and why.

In a second stream of research, I examine whether and how addressing gender inequalities at home helps reduce gender disparities at work. Reframing unfair division of domestic labor among dual earner couples as a socially tolerated form of free riding, I investigate how establishing more transparency regarding each partner’s contribution at home helps attenuate gender inequalities in household and childcare duties and improve the work-life balance and productivity of female professionals.