PhD Student

Alina is a PhD Student and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Kent and is interested in the common psychological processes underlying human intergroup and human-animal relations. Specifically, her PhD focuses on the relationship between sexism and meat consumption, as well as the the role of dehumanisation and attitudes towards animals and nature in prejudice against both women and animals. Her broader research interests include political ideology, gender relations, and the psychological factors related to meat consumption and vegetarianism.

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Main supervisor:
Dr Kristof Dhont

Second supervisor:
Dr Nadira Faber


Dhont, K., Hodson, G., Leite, A.C., & Salmen, A. (2020). The psychology of speciesism. In K. Dhont & G. Hodson (Eds.) Why we love and exploit animals: Bridging insights from academia and advocacy (pp. 29-49). Routledge.

Salmen, A. & Dhont, K (in press). Hostile and benevolent sexism: The differential roles of human supremacy beliefs, women’s connection to nature, and the dehumanization of women. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations. doi:10.1177/1368430220920713

Salmen, A. and Dhont, K. (2021). On ‘meatheads’ and ‘soy boys’. The Psychologist34, 40-43.