I am a Professor of Social Psychology interested in the social psychology of justice and (in)equality.
- Just-world beliefs
These refer to the extent to which people believe they, and others, receive the treatment and life outcomes they deserve. These are related to psychological health, functioning, and a raft of social attitudes (for more information, see Hafer & Sutton, 2014; Sutton & Douglas, 2005; Sutton & Winnard, 2007; Sutton et al., 2008; Wu et al., 2013).
- Gender, sexism and inequality
I have studied several aspects of gender inequality, including gendered fear of crime (Sutton & Farrall, 2005, 2008; Sutton, Robinson & Farrall, 2011), sexist intrusions on the autonomy of women during pregnancy (Murphy et al., 2011; Sutton, Douglas, & McClellan, 2011), and gender inequality in educational attainment (Hartley & Sutton, 2013).
- Conspiracy beliefs
I collaborate with Karen Douglas on conspiracy belief (see Douglas & Sutton, 2008, 2011, Sutton & Douglas, 2014). Our work examines the psychological mechanisms that cause people to entertain such beliefs.
- Immanent justice reasoning
I collaborate with Mitch Callan (University of Essex) on the why people tend to perceive that a person’s misfortune must be attributable to some prior misdeed of theirs, even when the two cannot be related (Callan et al., 2010, 2013, 2014).
- (2017). Sexist Ideology and Endorsement of Men’s Control over Women’s Decisions in Reproductive Health. Psychology Of Women Quarterly. .
- (2017). Attitudes Towards Science. Advances In Experimental Social Psychology. doi:10.1016/bs.aesp.2017.08.001 .
- (2015). Why wealthier people think people are wealthier, and why it matters: From social sampling to redistributive attitudes. Psychological Science. doi:10.1177/0956797615586560 .
- (2014). Immanent justice reasoning: Theory, research, and current directions. Advances In Experimental Social Psychology, 49. Retrieved from http://store.elsevier.com/Advances-in-Experimental-Social-Psychology/isbn-9780128000526/ .
(2008). Justice for whom, exactly? Beliefs in justice for the self and various others. Personality And Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 528-541. doi:10.1177/0146167207312526.