Natasha Bharj

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Research Interests: Broadly, my research makes use of postcolonial feminism and intersectional feminist theory to understand racism and sexism, particularly within scientific discourse. One line of my research explores the ways in which psychological science can implicitly reinforce racist and gendered discourse. I am currently engaged in a project that frames evolutionary psychology's use of analogy within its sociocultural and historical context, and explores whether this could implicitly reinforce colonial stereotypes. Another area of research I am interested in is the interaction between gendered racism and perceptions of sexual violence. I am also interested in how psychology as a discipline “does” politics, either through implicitly reinforcing social oppression or through conducting research as a form of activism (as in feminist psychology). 

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