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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

Opinion: "Legal Loopholes Don’t Help Victims of Sexualised Deepfakes Abuse," Asia Anna Eaton (with Asher Flynn, Anastasia Powell, and Adrian Scott), 360info, April 3, 2024.
Opinion: "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.
Opinion: "Sextortion: A Crime Growing Against Men," Asia Anna Eaton, Psychology Today, December 20, 2023.
Research discussed by Terry McGlynn, in "How the Opaque Way We Hire Postdocs Contributes to Science’s Diversity Problem," The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 17, 2019.
Research discussed by Katie Langin, in "Racial and Gender Biases Plague Postdoc Hiring," Science, June 3, 2019.
Quoted by Tony Pipitone in "Illegal Exposure: Sharing Someone Else's Private Porn Can Be a Crime," NBC Miami, May 9, 2019.
Research discussed by Tom Jacobs, in "The Most Racist People Are Also the Most Likely To Underestimate Their Racism," Pacific Standard, May 8, 2019.
Research discussed by "Meet The FIU Psychologist Working To Stop 'Non-Consensual Porn' on Social Media," Sundial, WLRN, September 25, 2018.
Guest on Monthly Public Affairs, July 1, 2015.


"Navigating Your PhD: Challenges and Strategies for Thriving" (Cognella, 2024).

Provides a collection of narratives from diverse doctoral students, offering insights and strategies to navigate the challenges of graduate life. It covers various aspects, including work-life balance, academic culture, mental health, financial stability, and mentoring. Addresses work-school-life integration challenges and academic culture nuances, making it a valuable resource for Ph.D. students and advisors, especially those beginning their doctoral journey, with practical recommendations aimed at supporting scholars through their academic pursuits.

"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.