- Role: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
- Organisation: Centre for Ethical Leadership
Michelle is a research fellow at the Centre for Ethical Leadership. Her research focuses on masculine norms, sexual objectification, and violence against women. She is in the final stages of writing her PhD under the supervision of Professor Nick Haslam.
Michelle’s research interests lie in sexual objectification and how this phenomenon affects women. She works on a range of additional projects on gender and sexism, including bystander intervention, romantic and sexual entitlement, everyday experiences of objectification, women’s marginalisation in male space, objectification in social media, and more.
As a postdoctoral research fellow at the CEL, Michelle has focused on the role of essentialism in leadership and management, with Dr Victor Sojo. In their forthcoming paper, they show that leadership essentialism can predict responses to management failings. Previously, Michelle has worked across a number of projects including those exploring diversity and unconscious bias. She is currently one of our lead researchers for our Recruit Smarter and Inclusive Leadership programs.
Michelle has presented her research at a range of local and international conferences. She has given talks at the University of Bielefeld, University of Exeter, and the University of Milan-Biccoca. Apart from her published research, Michelle also contributes to science engagement by writing general interest pieces on her research, including articles for Issues, The Conversation, and via the Melbourne School of Psychological Science’s Objectification and Gender Lab (OGL) blog.