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Alexander Watts is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology. He came to Stanford after completing his Bachelor's degree in political science and sociology at the University of Georgia.
Broadly, his research grapples with the concepts of status, stigma, and stereotyping in order to understand inequalities in interpersonal interactions, particularly in regards to gender.
Alexander's dissertation begins with a comparison of perceptions of mothers in the labor force and stay-at-home dads. From there, he has developed a general theory of the stigma associated with both status violations and gender violations (i.e., the stigma faced by women who occupy high status positions and men who occupy low status positions). A series of experiments are currently underway that test the independent consequences of these violations.