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Kimberly Fairchild

Kimberly Fairchild

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My current research focuses on understanding the stranger or street harassment experience. From my research and the popularity of sites like, it is clear that street harassment is a common experience for many women. My research suggests that while most women attempt to ignore harassers, they often feel angry, disgusted, and fearful during and after the experience. Repeated experiences of catcalling are correlated with an increased fear of rape. My recent research demonstrated that context can alter women's perceptions of street harassment, but that overall it is a negative, unpleasant experience.


2005: Honorable Mention, Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize for "Reactions to counterstereotypic behavior: The role of backlash in cultural stereotype maintenance"

2006: Faculty of Arts and Science Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education, Teaching Assistant Category, Rutgers University

2006: Dissertation Teaching Award, Graduate School of New Brunswick, Rutgers University

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Gender Psychology
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Sexuality, Sexual Orientation
  • Social Cognition

Journal Articles:

  • Fairchild, K. (2010). Context effects on women's perceptions of stranger harassment. Sexuality and Culture.
  • Fairchild, K., & Rudman, L. A. (2008). Everyday stranger harassment and women’s self-objectification. Social Justice Research. Social Justice Research, 21(3), 338-357.
  • Rudman, L. A., Dohn, M. C., & Fairchild, K. (2007). Implicit self-esteem compensation: Automatic ego-threat defense. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 93(5), 798-813.
  • Rudman, L. A., & Fairchild, K. (2007). The F-word: Is feminism incompatible with beauty and romance? Psychology of Women Quarterly, 31(2), 125-136.
  • Rudman, L. A., & Fairchild, K. (2004). Reactions to counterstereotypic behavior: The role of backlash in cultural stereotype maintenance. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 87(2), 157-176.
  • Rudman, L. A., Feinberg, J. M., & Fairchild, K. (2002). Minority members’ implicit attitudes: Ingroup bias as a function of group status. Social Cognition, 20(4), 295-323.

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Psychology I & II
  • Motivation and Emotion
  • Psychology of Women
  • Research Methods in Social Psychology
  • Social Psychology

Kimberly Fairchild
Department of Psychology
Manhattan College
Manhattan College Parkway
Riverdale, New York 10471
United States

  • Phone: (718) 862-7120
  • Fax: (718) 862-8044

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