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Brittany Kowalski



Brittany received her B.A. in sociology with a double major in Catholic studies, a minor in women and gender studies, and a certificate from the honors program from Seton Hall University in 2015. She then began her graduate studies at West Virginia University where she graduated with her M.A. in sociology in May 2017. Her master’s thesis focused on gender roles and their effect on attraction amongst college students.

Brittany is currently a doctoral candidate in the sociology with a certificate in university teaching. Her dissertation research examines the effect of perceptions of role congruity on the content of subjective evaluations through an examination of student evaluations of instructors.

During her time as a graduate student, Brittany has fulfilled many roles from being a teaching assistant to working as an editorial assistant on a journal. She was also a Graduate Research Assistant on an NSF funded grant (AGEP EAGER Project #1935469) with Drs. Kasi Jackson and Sharon Bird that examined the leverage points for enhancing diversity at institutions of higher education. Brittany is currently an Outstanding Dissertation Fellow for the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at West Virginia University.

Her broad research interests include social psychology, roles, perceptions, motivations, gender, inequalities, intersectionality, religion, and research methods.