Sarah is a fourth-year graduate student in the Sidanius Lab. Through two primary lines of research, her work addresses the psychology of power, intergroup relations, and conflict. First, she has investigated the ideological dimension of social inequality, seeking to understand how ideological beliefs reify differences between groups. Sarah is especially interested in ideological asymmetry, the phenomenon whereby high-power group members are more ideologically oriented in their groups’ interest than are lower-power group members.
More recently, Sarah's research has addressed the psychology of acute intergroup conflict. To this end, she and her collaborators have collected data in the aftermath of terrorist events in both the United States and Europe. Among other questions, they are interested in how the individual difference variables of social dominance orientation and right wing authoritarianism predict responses to suspected terrorists, and to outgroups more generally.