Research Summary

I am a diversity scholar. My research combines lab studies, archival data, quasi-experiments, text analyses, and field interventions to tackle issues of age and gender inequalities in and outside of the workplace. It has been published in Cognition, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, and the Handbook of the Psychology of Aging, and my most recent projects will soon be submitted to Academy of Management Journal and Nature: Human Behavior.

In one stream of work, I examine how the rapid aging of the population is shaping people’s attitudes toward younger adults. While most scholarship on age has focused on the plight of late adulthood, my work shows that young adults are victims of unique negative generational biases (i.e., the “kids these days” effect) and subjects to more prejudicial attitudes than their older counterparts. In an aging world where young adults are becoming a minority, my work sheds light on young-targeted ageism and its detrimental effects on the life experience and economic prospects of younger generations.

In a second stream of research, I examine whether and how addressing gender inequalities at home can help reduce gender disparities at work. Although the division of domestic labor between romantic partners represents perhaps the most universal example of dyadic cooperation, and while its uneven split along heavily gendered lines has plagued women’s careers for decades, management scholars have remained surprisingly silent on the topic, even more so on how to address it. Reframing unfair division of domestic labor among dual earner couples as a socially tolerated form of free riding, I investigate how establishing more information transparency regarding each partner’s contribution at home might help attenuate gender inequalities in household and childcare duties and improve the work-life balance and productivity of female professionals.