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Muna Akhtar

Muna Akhtar

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Education
Ph.D. Expected 2021, Tufts University, Social Psychology
Adviser: Dr. Keith B. Maddox

M.S. 2017, Tufts University, Social Psychology
Adviser: Dr. Jessica Remedios

B.S. 2014, Loyola University Chicago
Major: Psychology

Research Interests
Muna's research interests include understanding complex experiences of compound discrimination through an intersectional lens (specifically, the intersection of racism and sexism), identifying factors that affect at woman's willingness to confront discrimination, and how to create conditions under which women and minorities may thrive. Muna is especially interested in sexism-focused research. Researchers have found that sexism is generally treated less seriously than racism, and Muna aims to challenge this perspective (Czopp, Monteith, & Mark, 2006; Rasinski & Czopp, 2010). Many forms of sexism affect women daily and Muna's research is focused on combating sexist interactions, expanding conversations about the sexism that women face daily, and gaining a clearer understanding of how sexism may present itself. Finally, Muna hopes to be a role model for women from multiply-stigmatized backgrounds such as Muna's, as a woman of color.


Sanjana Kadirvel

Sanjana Kadirvel

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Education
Ph.D. Expected 2025, Tufts University, Social Psychology
Adviser: Dr. Keith B. Maddox

B.S. 2018, UMass Amherst
Major: Psychology

Research Interests
Sanjana's research interests include understanding perceptions of racial minorities and how the social climate renders racial minority groups susceptible to adverse experiences in the United States. Sanjana is interested in identifying strategies to reduce negative affect and promote inter-racial integration.