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Malissa Alinor

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Malissa is a PhD candidate in the department of sociology whose research interests are concerned with racial and gender discrimination, health, and social psychology. Her dissertation research uses a mixed-methods approach to explore: 1) how racial discrimination affects Black people's influence behavior at work and 2) the feeling rules and coping strategies Black and Asian Americans invoke when they experience racial discrimination. She has won several internal and external awards including the Southern Regional Education Board Dissertation Award and the American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship. She currently serves as managing editor for Social Psychology Quarterly. 

  • M.A., Sociology, University of Georgia 2017
  • B.A., Sociology, summa cum laude, University of Florida 2015

2020 Dean's Award ($4500)

2020 Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grant ($2000)

2016 RED Seed Grant ($500)

Selected Publications:

Alinor, Malissa and Justine Tinkler. "Take Off Your Hoodie: Attire and the Threatening Perception of Black Men." Forthcoming. Du Bois Review.

Tinkler, Justine, Jody Clay-Warner, and Malissa Alinor. "Communicating about Affirmative Consent: How the Threat of Punishment affects Policy Support and Gender Stereotypes." Journal of Interpersonal Violence.


Of Note:
  • 2021 Certificate of Excellence, Department of Sociology
  • 2020-2021 Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Scholars Program
  • 2019-2020 American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Award
  • 2018 B.O. Williams Outstanding Graduate Student MA Award 
  • 2017 Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Honorable Mention 
  • 2015-2017 GRO Fellowship Award
Events featuring Malissa Alinor
MLC 214

**Sponsored by the Laboratory for the Study of Social Interaction 

MLC 213

Black professionals frequently encounter competency microaggressions in the workplace, characterized by comments and behaviors that suggest low expectations of their abilities, casting doubt on their qualifications, or eliciting surprise when they demonstrate competence. While existing research has documented the prevalence of workplace racial microaggressions,…