Gender & Sexuality Studies
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Natasha Tidwell is an assistant professor of psychology at Fort Lewis College. She joined the college in 2014. She is an editorial board member for Cogent Behavioral Science and an ad-hoc reviewer for a number of other journals, including Journal of Social and Personal Relationships and Basic and Applied Social Psychology. Dr. Tidwell holds a Graduate Teaching Academy Certificate from Texas A&M University. She has significant experience advising undergraduate research projects in the areas of psychology and social psychology.
In 2014, Dr. Tidwell co-authored Examining the Impact of Sexism on Evaluations of Social Scientific Evidence in Discrimination Litigation, which appeared in Law and Human Behavior.
About the Article
The authors surveyed 232 undergraduate students from Texas A&M University as if they were jury members considering psychological research as evidence in mock gender discrimination lawsuits. The participants were evaluated on their level of sexism and political conservatism as well as their viewpoints on studies examining sexism and discrimination. The results demonstrated that participants high in sexism evaluated studies providing evidence for sex discrimination more negatively than studies that were conducted identically but did not provide evidence for such discrimination.
Dr. Tidwell Explains the Project
“Our goal was to understand which factors can predict whether someone will be more accepting of certain types of social scientific evidence in various types of discrimination cases. Is a jury member who is higher in sexism less likely to consider evidence of discrimination that is presented in a trial to be relevant, admissible, and well-conducted than someone who is lower in sexism?”