Christin Munsch (Ph.D., Cornell University) joined the Furman sociology faculty in 2013. Her teaching interests include social psychology, gender, sexuality, family, work and research methods.
Professor Munsch’s work has been published in a number of scholarly journals including Violence Against Women, Journal of Marriage and Family, and Work and Occupations; as well as in more mainstream publications including CNN, The New York Times, and Glamour magazine. The underlying goal of her research is to demonstrate how social psychological processes reproduce gender stratification and inequality. For example, her dissertation examined why young men are disproportionately more likely than young women to engage in a host of adverse behaviors including violence, drinking, risk-taking, and infidelity. She addressed this question with three methodologically diverse studies and found that, under conditions of gender identity threat, men are more likely to engage in adverse behaviors culturally associated with masculinity.
In a second course of research, Professor Munsch examines the social psychological underpinnings of the flexibility bias—that is, stigmatization against those who seek flexible work—and its consequences for gender inequality in the workplace.