Rachael D. Robnett, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Program: Experimental
Email: Rachael.Robnett@unlv.edu
Phone: (702) 895-0176

Accepting Graduate Students 2015-2016: YES

Research Interests

Rachael Robnett’s research addresses the ways in which socialization, stereotypes, and social-structural factors contour the attitudes and behaviors people display in their daily lives. Her primary line of research provides insight into how these constructs influence adolescents’ and emerging adults’ pursuit of careers related to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). She is especially interested in identifying forces that either promote or detract from educational equity in STEM fields. Her research currently focuses on the role of peers, self-efficacy, and authentic research involvement. Dr. Robnett’s second line of research examines the causes and implications of gender bias and gender-role adherence. Her work in this domain focuses on associations between gender-traditional ideologies and individuals’ preferences within the context of romantic relationships. Across these lines of research, Dr. Robnett utilizes quantitative methods such as structural equation modeling as well as qualitative methods such as thematic analysis.

Dr. Robnett earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2013.

Selected Publications

Robnett, R. D. (2013). The role of peer support for girls and women in the STEM pipeline: Implications for identification with STEM and the intent to remain in STEM. International Journal of Gender, Science, and Technology, 5, 232-253.

Robnett, R. D., & Leaper, C. (2013). Friendship groups, personal motivation, and gender in relation to high school students’ STEM career interest. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 23, 652-664.

Robnett, R.D., & Leaper, C. (2013). “Girls don’t propose! Ew.” A mixed-methods examination marriage tradition preferences and benevolent sexism in emerging adults. Journal of Adolescent Research, 28, 96-121.

Robnett, R. D., Anderson, K., & Hunter, L. E. (2012). Predicting feminist identity: Associations between gender-traditional attitudes, feminist stereotyping, and ethnicity. Sex Roles, 67, 143-157.

Leaper, C., & Robnett, R. D. Sexism. (2011). In R. J. R. Levesque (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Adolescence. New York: Springer.

Leaper, C., & Robnett, R. D. (2011). Women are more likely than men to use tentative language, aren’t they? A meta-analysis testing for gender differences and moderators. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 35, 129-142.

Robnett, R. D., & Susskind, J. E. (2010). Who cares about being gentle? The impact of social identity and the gender of one's friends on children’s display of same-gender favoritism. Sex Roles, 63, 820-832.


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