Ashley Bennett

Ashley is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Human Development, Culture, and Learning Sciences and a M.A. in Quantitative Methods at the University of Texas at Austin. Ashley holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Social and Behavioral Sciences Methodology from the University of Kansas. Her research focuses on (1) discrimination and stereotyping experienced by women in traditionally masculine domains, especially in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, (2) factors that protect against consequences of negative stereotypes in academic settings, and (3) ways stereotypes can shift standards and expectations for others based on group membership (i.e. gender, race, education level, income).

As a first-generation and low-income college student, Ashley worked as a professional cake decorator to complete her undergraduate degree. Also during that time, she worked in multiple research labs, completed an honors thesis, and was the keynote speaker for The Department of Psychology during commencement (2017). More recently, Ashley worked as a student research assistant on a program and evaluation team, the Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium (KC-AERC). As a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, Ashley is dedicated to the diversification of academia and whole-heartedly advocates educational opportunity programs. 

Today, Ashley is working as a graduate research assistant in Dr. Awad’s research lab. Currently, Ashley is wrapping-up two manuscripts to submit for publication. The first explored contextual factors (i.e. gender and SES) of adolescent STEM career interest development for students from low-income backgrounds. The second examined the process of translating stereotypes in subtle forms of communication (e.g. reading between the lines) by testing for target gender differences in the person impressions (subjective communication), and the performance-based raise (objective communication) awarded to software developers (female, male, or neutral).