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Sarah Harkness's work centers on the social psychology of inequality, specifically related to the study of status, morality, health stigma, and intersectionality. She is studying how status beliefs are both gendered and raced and ways we can both create and upend status beliefs. Further, she is building a research program (with Steven Hitlin) arguing that the level of inequality of a society deeply affects the moral reactions felt by its members, with those in more unequal societies experiencing more negative, sanctioning moral emotions, while those in more equal societies are more likely to feel positive, binding moral emotions. Related to health stigma, Harkness examines how stigmatization by both self and others affects interaction and the contours of stigma beliefs.
Her research and teaching interests include: social psychology, inequality, gender and intersectionality, health, and quantitative methods.