Sarah Harkness’ research focuses on the social psychology of inequality, specifically related to the study of status, health stigma, intersectionality, and social exchange. Additionally, she works on issues related to morality and emotions. She is currently studying how status processes bias lending decisions, how status beliefs are both gendered and raced, the creation of new status characteristics, and whether status symbols can erode the impact of status characteristics. She is also studying the stigma and status consequences of neurological diseases that have visible symptomatology, like Parkinson’s disease, and of mental health disorders.
Her research and teaching interests include: social psychology, inequality, gender and intersectionality, health, and quantitative methods.