Asia Eaton is a feminist social psychologist and Associate Professor in Psychology at Florida International University (FIU), where she directs the Power, Women, and Relationships (PWR) Lab. She is the Program Director of the new Psychology Ph.D. track in Applied Social and Cultural Psychology, as well as being a core faculty member in the Developmental Psychology and I-O Psychology tracks. She supervises Ph.D. students in all programs.
Asia is currently an Associate Editor for Psychology of Women Quarterly (PWQ), and a Consulting Editor for Social Issues and Policy Review and Journal of Business and Psychology. She has also served in Editorial roles for American Psychologist, Journal of Social Issues, and Sex Roles. She was elected to serve on SPSSI council for 2018-2021, and has received the Emerging Leadership Award from the Committee for Women in Psychology (2019), SPSSI’s Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award (2019), and SPSSI’s Michele Alexander Early Career Award (2016). At FIU, she has won the most prestigious faculty award for advising and mentorship, as well as awards for engagement, research, and teaching. She is also a SPSSI Fellow.
Since 2016 Asia has served as Head of Research for Cyber Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI), which is working to understand and end the emerging epidemic of nonconsensual porn in the U.S. She is also working with leadership at Lotus House to better understand and meet the needs of women experiencing homelessness.
Asia received a Ph.D. and M.A. in Psychology (Social), with a minor in Statistics, from the University of Chicago. She completed her undergraduate work at Carnegie Mellon University, receiving a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Philosophy. She also recently earned a M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from FIU.
As a feminist social psychologist, my research broadly examines the social and psychological causes and consequences of sexism. Specifically, I explore how gender intersects with identities such as race, sexual orientation, age, and class to affect individuals access to and experience with social power in (1) intimate partner relationships and (2) in the workplace.
In my work on intimate partner relationships I address questions such as “how does gender influence power dynamics in heterosexual relationships, such as who has control in early romantic and sexual interactions?” and “how do gender roles relate to dating violence?” In my research on the workplace I seek to answer questions like “how do stereotypes about gender and sexuality affect people’s access to power in organizations?” and “how do people decide to disclose stigmatized identities in the workplace, and what are the consequences of disclosure for women and men?”
To address these questions, I have used experimental, correlational, qualitative, and mixed methods among samples of diverse and underrepresented adolescents and adults from student and community groups. Intersectionality theory, sexual scripting, and social role theory feature prominently in my research, along with other established social psychological theories relevant to privilege and oppression (e.g., minority stress, the stereotype content model).