Sarah Townsend

Sarah Townsend’s research reveals the dysfunctional behaviors and physiological costs that can result when individuals’ cultural beliefs collide with the dominant cultural beliefs of organizations. Focusing on diversity in higher education and the workplace, she studies these “cultural divides” by examining differences in meritocracy beliefs, social class, gender, and race. Her work demonstrates that although cultural divides are a source of inequality, they can also be leveraged as a solution to it. Dr. Townsend's research has been published in numerous scholarly outlets, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.