Rachael Louise Hadoux

Supervisors: Prof Cordelia Fine, Prof Nick Haslam, A/Prof Olivia Carter

The area of research I’m most passionate about is how gender relations are impacted by beliefs about the origin of gendered traits. My key concept of interest is Gender Essentialism (GE), which basically refers to beliefs that differences between the sexes are natural and inevitable. During my PhD I intend to explore the relation between GE and support for the status quo. I also aim to examine GE’s relation to violence supportive attitudes (those that excuse and minimise violence against women). That is, does attributing male violence to biological causes lead to perceptions of diminished responsibility and greater acceptance of male violence. To compensate for all this seriousness, in my spare time I like to indulge my passion for cheese and wine. I also love film and documentaries.