Directed by Dr. Asia Eaton

The PWR Lab (for “power, women, and relationships”) was founded in 2010 by Dr. Asia Eaton. We conduct social psychological research on the interaction between gender and social power, including how social power grounds and structures  gender-differentiated behaviors and relationships between men and women, as well as how men and women experience and enact powerful roles. We also made a music video.

Some of the questions we are currently working on include:

  • How does gender influence power dynamics in heterosexual relationships, such as who has control in early romantic and sexual interactions?
  • How do gender roles and heteronormativity relate to intimate partner and dating violence?
  • How do stereotypes about gender and sexuality affect people’s access to power in organizations?
  • What is the experience of sexual minorities in the workplace? How do stereotypes about sexual minorities affect their opportunities to gain access to power and status?
  • How do people decide to disclose stigmatized identities in the workplace, and what are the consequences of disclosure for women and men?


Recent student publications:

*Ruvalcaba, Y., Stephens, D. P., Eaton, A. A., *Boyd, B. (2020). Hispanic women’s perceptions of teenage sexting: Qualitative analyses using a sexual scripting framework. Culture, Health and Sexuality.

Eaton, A. A., †Saunders, J., *Jacobson, R., & West, K. (2019). How gender and race stereotypes impact the advancement of scholars in STEM: Professors’ biased evaluations of physics and biology post-doctoral candidates. Sex Roles. doi:10.1007/s11199-019-01052-w

*Ruvalcaba, Y., & Eaton, A. A. (2019). Nonconsensual pornography among U.S. adults: A sexual scripts framework on victimization, perpetration, and health correlates for women and men. Psychology of Violence. doi:10.1037/vio0000233

*Saunders, J., Eaton, A. A., & Frazier, S. (2018). Disordered society: Women in eating disorder recovery advise policymakers on change. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. doi:10.1007/s10488-018-0903-9

*Saunders, J., & Eaton, A. A. (2018). Social comparisons in eating disorder recovery: Using PhotoVoice to capture the sociocultural influences on women’s recovery. International Journal of Eating Disorders. doi:10.13140/RG.2.2.27372.00645

*Kallschmidt, A., & Eaton. A. A. (2018). Are lower social class origins stigmatized at work? A qualitative study of social class concealment and disclosure among White men employees who experienced upward mobility. Journal of Vocational Behavior. doi:10.1016/j.jvb.2018.08.010

*Saunders, J., & Eaton, A. A. (2018). Snaps, selfies, and shares: How three popular social media platforms contribute to the sociocultural model of disordered eating among young women. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. doi:10.1089/cyber.2017.0713

*Barrantes, R., & Eaton, A. A. (2018). Sexual orientation and leadership suitability: How being a gay man affects perceptions of fit in gender-stereotyped positions. Sex Roles. doi:10.1007/s11199-018-0894-8

For all of Dr. Eaton’s publications, see: Dr. Eaton’s Website


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