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  • #DUToo Takes a Stand: Sexual Assault Research

    In my Advanced Seminar coursework last quarter, I had the opportunity to write about systematic gender bias, especially in the context of sexual assault in the workplace. Through this course, led by Professor Nancy Reichman, a member of the Sociology and Criminology Department, I presented at the DU Women’s Conference in April 2018. I hosted an entirely student-led panel that discussed sexual assault from the perspective of a DU student. This experience has exposed me to the interesting nuances in workplace and other pseudo-social relationships that can lead to systematic biases on the basis of gender.

    More broadly, this project relates to my public identity in that it highlights the subtleties of different types of systematic biases and underscores the importance for academics to conduct effective and responsible research in order to discern the mechanisms by which these biases emerge and become engrained in social interactions and norms. As a citizen who is dedicated to mitigating the effects of prejudices, projects like these are incredibly important to me as they reveal some of the most egregious disparities present in day-to-day life; this project also challenged a numer of the assumptions that I possessed before conducting rich social research. For instance, I had assumed that sexual assault harmed victims only mentally and emotionally; rather, victims of sexual assault are harmed in every facet of life, including their ability to work, their physical capabilities, and their relational abilities. This project opened my eyes to even more social occurrences that have the potential to disproportionally disadvantage some individuals more than others. 

  • Photo of #DUToo Takes a stand poster from the Women's Conference
  • Below, you will find my portion of the workshop proposal that was submitted to the Women's Conference Selection Committee as well as short bios for the women whom I convened to serve on our panel and an agenda for the workshop session. 

  • Bystander Intervention Training as Priority Inte

  • DUToo Workshop Bios.pdf

  • DUToo Workshop Agenda.pdf

  • Making Race and Nation, 2.0: Using Research in Moral Psychology to Analyze the Rhetoric of Race Politics in the United States

    My most fully-developed research project (and that of which I am the most proud) is a completely original research project undertaken outside of any course work and constructed entirely on my own (with the help of my faculty research mentor). Making Race and Nation, 2.0: Using Research in Moral Psychology to Analyze the Rhetoric of Race Politics in the United States is a content analysis of almost 300 Presidential statements including Inaugural Addresses, State of the Union Addresses, and Executive Orders. 

    I have presented this work at the Midwest Political Science Association's Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois, the Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society Undergraduate Conference in Washington, D.C., and at the Research and Scholarship Symposium at the University of Denver. My presentation from both the MPSA and PSA Conferences as well as my poster fo the DU Symposium are attached below. My working paper, as it currently stands, can also be found below. 

    This work is impotant to my public identity as a citizen dedicated to instigating, creating, and formalizing social change for the rest of my career as a scholar because it was the first project that I undertook outside of classwork and under my own direction. This project will open the doors for me to make informed policy decisions, conduct meaningful reserach with impactful conclusions, and knowledgeably consume research in the future. Through the skills that I have gained and the conclusions I reached in this project, I will effectively and sufficiently address the needs of populations of citiznes that face systematic biases and prejudices on a daily basis. 

  • Making Race and Nation, 2.0: Using Research in Moral Psychology to Analyze the Rhetoric of Race Politics in the United States
  • Making Race and Nation, 2.0.pdf

  • My identity-related topics of interest:
    • Sexual assault as gender inequity
    • Effective sexual assault intervention, prevention, and education
    • Research-informed and evidence-supported programming aimed at facilitating important conversations and redirecting harmful and derogatory behaviors

     

    • Identity politics in the context of moral psychology
    • Moral appeals made by political elites and the ways in which those appeals can skew election results
    • The methodlogical importance of utilizing interdisciplinary frameworks in political science research

     

  • On this page:

    A poster from my recent presentation at the DU Women's Conference

    Documents from my recent presentation at the DU Women's Conference

    A poster from my presentation Making Race and Nation, 2.0 at the DU Research and Scholarship Symposium

    A presentation of my research Making Race and Nation, 2.0, presented at the Midwest Political Science Association's Annual Conference and the Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society Undergraduate Student Conference

     My current working paper, Making Race and Nation, 2.0

This portfolio last updated: 23-Apr-2018 9:58 PM