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Asia Anna Eaton

Professor of Psychology, Florida International University

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About Asia

Eaton is a feminist social psychologist who studies the social and psychological causes and consequences of sexism. Specifically, she explores how gender intersects with identities such as race, sexual orientation, age, and class to affect individuals' access to and experience with social power in (1) intimate partner relationships and (2) in the workplace. In Eaton's work on intimate partner relationships, she addresses questions such as "how does gender influence power dynamics in heterosexual relationships, such as who has control in early romantic and sexual interactions?" and "how do gender roles relate to dating violence?". In Eaton's research on the workplace, she seeks to answer questions like "how do stereotypes about gender and sexuality affect people's access to power in organizations?" and "how do people decide to disclose stigmatized identities in the workplace, and what are the consequences of disclosure for women and men?"


In the News

"Whether of Politicians, Pop Stars or Teenage Girls, Sexualised Deepfakes Are on the Rise. They Hold a Mirror to Our Sexist World," Asia Anna Eaton (with Anastasia Powell, Adrian J. Scott, and Asher Flynn), The Conversation, February 7, 2024.
"Sextortion: A Crime Growing Against Men," Asia Anna Eaton, Psychology Today, December 20, 2023.
Asia Anna Eaton's research on racial and gender bias in the hiring of postdoctoral scholars discussed by Terry McGlynn, "How the Opaque Way We Hire Postdocs Contributes to Science’s Diversity Problem," The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 17, 2019.
Asia Anna Eaton's research on racial and gender bias in the hiring of postdoctoral scholars discussed by Katie Langin, "Racial and Gender Biases Plague Postdoc Hiring," Science, June 3, 2019.
Asia Anna Eaton quoted on the harm caused by sharing someone's private intimate photos without their consent by Tony Pipitone, "Illegal Exposure: Sharing Someone Else's Private Porn Can Be a Crime" NBC Miami, May 9, 2019.
Asia Anna Eaton's research on the extension of the Dunning-Kruger Effect to the way we think about our own racism and sexism discussed by Tom Jacobs, "The Most Racist People Are Also the Most Likely To Underestimate Their Racism," Pacific Standard, May 8, 2019.
Asia Anna Eaton's research on non-consensual image sharing and steps that can be taken to prevent the practice discussed by "Meet The FIU Psychologist Working To Stop 'Non-Consensual Porn' on Social Media," Sundial, WLRN, September 25, 2018.
Guest to discuss the implications of the Supreme Court's decision to extend the right to marry to all same-sex couples on Monthly Public Affairs, Asia Anna Eaton, July 1, 2015.


"Nonconsensual Pornography Among U.S. Adults: A Sexual Scripts Framework on Victimization, Perpetration, and Health Correlates for Women and Men" (with Yanet Ruvalcaba). Psychology of Violence 10, no. 1 (2020): 68–78.

Examined rates of nonconsensual pornography victimization and perpetration in the United States, as well as health correlates of victimization.

"How Gender and Race Stereotypes Impact the Advancement of Scholars in STEM: Professors’ Biased Evaluations of Physics and Biology Post-Doctoral Candidates" (with Jessica F. Saunders, Ryan K. Jacobson, and Keon West). Sex Roles 82 (2020): 127-141.

Examined how intersecting stereotypes about gender and race influence faculty perceptions of post-doctoral candidates in STEM fields in the United States. Highlights how understanding the underrepresentation of women and racial minorities in STEM requires examining both racial and gender biases as well as how they intersect.

"Pushed Out or Opting Out? Integrating Perspectives on Gender Differences in Withdrawal Attitudes During Pregnancy" (with Samantha C. Paustian-Underdahl, Ashley Mandeville, and Laura M. Little). Journal of Applied Psychology 104, no. 8 (2019): 985–1002.

Investigated the degree to which gender differences in changes in turnover intentions and intentions to return to the workforce are explained by changes in perceived career encouragement from organizational members (a pushed-out factor), as well as changes in the employees’ own career motivation (an opting-out factor), throughout pregnancy.

"Sexual Orientation and Leadership Suitability: How Being a Gay Man Affects Perceptions of Fit in Gender-Stereotyped Positions" (with Renzo J. Barrantes). Sex Roles 79 (2018): 549–564.

Examined perceptions of gay men’s fitness for leadership positions in the workplace.

"How Organizational Policies Influence Bystander Likelihood of Reporting Moderate and Severe Sexual Harassment at Work" (with Ryan K. Jacobson). Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal 30 (2018): 37-62.

Studied the effect of organizational policies on bystanders' willingness to report instances of co-worker perpetrated male-to-female sexual harassment. Found that a zero-tolerance policy (vs. no salient policy or a standard policy) leads to the highest likelihood of participants saying they would report the instance of harassment as bystanders, especially for instances of moderate sexual harassment.

"Gender and Ethnicity in Dating, Hanging Out, and Hooking Up: Sexual Scripts Among Hispanic and White Young Adults" (with Suzanna M. Rose, Camille Interligi, Katherine Fernandez, and Maureen McHugh). The Journal of Sex Research 53, no. 7 (2016): 788-804.

Examined the scripts associated with heterosexual Hispanic and White young adults’ most recent initial sexual or romantic encounter using two samples of heterosexual undergraduates.