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Dr Renata Bongiorno

Dr Renata Bongiorno

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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 01392 723849

 Washington Singer 210

 

Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK

Overview

I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working on an ERC funded project: Context, Identity & Choice: Understanding the Constraints on Women’s Career Decisions.

Broad research specialisms

I am a social psychologist with expertise in stereotyping, prejudice, collective action and social change. Within these areas I have particular expertise in understanding and addressing gender prejudices and privileges relating to leadership, sexual harassment and sexual assault, and action to address the climate emergency. I have mixed-methods expertise, including in advanced quantitative methods, qualitative approaches and in experimental and survey design.

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Qualifications

BA (Hons 1) PhD, Australian National University

Career

I received my Ph.D. from the Australian National University, with a focus on gender prejudice and privilege in leadership and organisational roles more generally. Before joining the University of Exeter in 2017, I was employed in research roles in Australia, including at The University of Queensland to examine biases that contribute to low prosecution and conviction rates for sexual assault, and by Melbourne Business School to examine people's reluctance to use flexible-workplace policies designed to address inequality. I was also employed in a number of teaching roles in Australia, primarily at the University of Queensland. 

My published research covers issues of prejudice towards women and privileges afforded to men in leadership, how groups to advance action on climate change form, and how identity and emotion contribute to biases when responding (or failing to respond) to gender-based violence. Some of my ongoing projects include: examining processes important to mobilising men’s action in support of gender equality (supported by a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant); expanding understandings of stereotype content and implications for leader-gender bias and gender and class biases in STEM fields; and paradoxical effects of promoting resilience as an avenue to achieve gender equality. 

I collaborate with a range of different researchers on these and other projects. In addition to Michelle Ryan, my post-doctoral supervisor, current collaborators include Colin Wayne Leach (Columbia University), Kim Peters & Oliver Hauser (Exeter Business School), Paul Bain & Leda Blackwood (University of Bath), Colette van Laar (KU Leuven), Sara Pireddu & Michela Meneghatti (University of Bologna).

My research has received broad media coverage, including by BBC, AFP, The Independent, Forbes, The Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, Salon, New Scientist, The Canberra Times and The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Research

Research interests

My research covers topics relevant to social, organisational, political, environmental and cross-cultural psychology as well as psychology and law, and can be grouped into the following three areas:

  • Stereotyping and prejudice. My PhD research showed a new prejudice towards tentative rather than assertive women in leadership (lesser influence, greater dislike compared to equivalent men). The findings (Bongiorno et al., 2014, British Journal of Social Psychology) are summarised in an article I wrote for The Conversation. They underscored a need to update and refine understandings of gender stereotyping and prejudice. In my current role, I am extending this work, using a more expansive Power-Benevolence stereotype framework and breakthrough analytical technique that "maps" stereotype content. A preprint describing this theoretical and analytic approach, along with the findings from our first studies examining leader-gender bias, can be found here
  • Collective action/social change. I examine people’s motivations to act collectively to promote social change. My research in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology (Bongiorno et al., 2016) examined how interaction can promote the development of new social groups to advance action on climate change. My ongoing research is extending this work, examining men’s engagement with the gender equality cause. I am also examining the effects of 'neoliberal' resilience messaging as a way to promote gender equality. Other published work examines how collective action is motivated or undermined by framing (PLoS ONE, Nature Climate Change), and beliefs about a group’s future (Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin).
  • Gender-based violence. I examine how identity and emotion affect responding to gender-based violence. My published work in this area has focused on men's sexual harassment and sexual assault of women. My publication in Psychology of Women Quarterly (Bongiorno et al., 2020), shows a critical role of empathy for male perpetrators for understanding why women are blamed for being sexually harassed, and is in the top 2 most read articles in this journal over the past six months (32,000+ downloads). Other research, summarised in an article I wrote for The Conversation, examines how rape myths bias juror evaluations, particularly when the accused man is from a culturally similar background (Psychology of Women Quarterly, Journal of Interpersonal Violence). 

Google Scholar  ResearchGate

Research grants

  • 2020 British Academy/Leverhulme
    £9,954 - Engaging men as allies of the gender equality cause. Co-applicants: Dr Oliver Hauser, Prof Colette Van Laar

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Bongiorno R, Langbroek C, Bain PG, Ting M, Ryan MK (2019). Why women are blamed for being sexually harassed: the effects of empathy for female victims and male perpetrators. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 44(1), 11-27. Abstract.  Full text.
Bongiorno R, McKimmie BM, Masser BM (2016). The selective use of rape-victim stereotypes to protect culturally similar perpetrators. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 40(3), 398-413. Abstract.  Full text.
Bongiorno R, McGarty C, Kurz T, Haslam SA, Sibley CG (2015). Mobilizing cause supporters through group-based interaction. Journal of Applied Social Psychology Abstract.  Full text.
Bongiorno R, Bain PG, David B (2013). If you're going to be a leader, at least act like it! Prejudice towards women who are tentative in leader roles. British Journal of Social Psychology, 53(2), 217-234. Abstract.  Full text.
Bongiorno R, Bain PG, Haslam N (2013). When sex doesn't sell: Using sexualized images of women reduces support for ethical campaigns. PLoS ONE, 8(12), e83311-e83311. Abstract.  Full text.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Bain PG, Bongiorno R (In Press). It’s not too late to do the right thing: Moral motivations for climate change action. WIREs Climate Change Abstract.  Full text.
Bosson J, Vandello J, Paweł J, Kosakowska-Berezecka N, Olech M, Besta T, Best D, Bongiorno R, Kirby T, Ryan M, et al (In Press). Psychometric properties and correlates of precarious manhood beliefs in 62 nations. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology Full text.
Pireddu S, Bongiorno R, Ryan MK, Rubini M, Menegatti M (In Press). The deficit bias: Candidate gender differences in the relative importance of facial stereotypic qualities for leadership hiring. British Journal of Social Psychology, 1-1. Full text.
Ryan M, Begeny C, Bongiorno R, Kirby T, Morgenroth T (2020). Understanding Barriers to Workplace Equality: a Focus on the Target’s Perspective. Frontiers in Psychology Full text.
Bongiorno R, Langbroek C, Bain PG, Ting M, Ryan MK (2019). Why women are blamed for being sexually harassed: the effects of empathy for female victims and male perpetrators. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 44(1), 11-27. Abstract.  Full text.
Bongiorno R, McKimmie BM, Masser BM (2016). The selective use of rape-victim stereotypes to protect culturally similar perpetrators. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 40(3), 398-413. Abstract.  Full text.
Bain P, Bongiorno R (2015). Are individualism and “masculinity” related when controlling for regional proximity? a reappraisal of Barry. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology 46.9 (2015): 1226-1231., 46, 1226-1231. Abstract.
Bongiorno R, McGarty C, Kurz T, Haslam SA, Sibley CG (2015). Mobilizing cause supporters through group-based interaction. Journal of Applied Social Psychology Abstract.  Full text.
McKimmie BM, Masser BM, Bongiorno R (2014). What counts as rape? the effect of offense prototypes, victim stereotypes, and participant gender on how the complainant and defendant are perceived. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 29(12), 2273-2303. Abstract.
Bain PG, Hornsey MJ, Bongiorno R, Kashima Y, Crimston D (2013). Collective futures: How projections about the future of society are related to actions and attitudes supporting social change. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39(4), 523-539. Abstract.
Bongiorno R, Bain PG, David B (2013). If you're going to be a leader, at least act like it! Prejudice towards women who are tentative in leader roles. British Journal of Social Psychology, 53(2), 217-234. Abstract.  Full text.
McKimmie BM, Masser BM, Bongiorno R (2013). Looking shifty but telling the truth: the effect of witness demeanour on mock jurors’ perceptions. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 21(2), 297-310. Abstract.
Bongiorno R, Bain PG, Haslam N (2013). When sex doesn't sell: Using sexualized images of women reduces support for ethical campaigns. PLoS ONE, 8(12), e83311-e83311. Abstract.  Full text.
Bain PG, Hornsey MJ, Bongiorno R, Jeffries C (2012). Promoting pro-environmental action in climate change deniers. Nature Climate Change, 2(8), 600-603. Abstract.
Ryan MK, Haslam SA, Hersby MD, Bongiorno R (2010). Think crisis–think female: Glass cliffs and contextual variation in the think manager–think male stereotype. Journal of Applied Psychology, 96, 470-484. Abstract.  Full text.
McGarty C, Bliuc A-M, Thomas EF, Bongiorno R (2009). Collective action as the material expression of opinion-based group membership. Journal of Social Issues, 65(4), 839-857. Abstract.

Chapters

McGarty C, Bongiorno R, Bliuc A-M (2009). Categorization. In Levine JM, Hogg MA (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, Sage, 67-72.
McGarty C, Bliuc A-M, Bongiorno R (2009). Depersonalization. In Levine JM, Hogg MA (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, Sage, 198-200.

Reports

Begeny CT, Ryan M, Bongiorno R (2018). Motivation, satisfaction, and retention: Understanding the importance of vets’ day-to-day work experiences. British Veterinary Association, British Veterinary Association. 11 pages.

Internet publications

Bongiorno RT (2018). Brett Kavanaugh: why Republican women may be willing to overlook sexual assault allegations.  Abstract. Web link.
Bongiorno RT (2016). Coalition’s lost ground on women MPs shows we need to tackle new gender biases.  Abstract. Web link.
Bongiorno RT (2013). Female politicians pay a higher price for their flaws. Web link.

Publications by year


In Press

Bain PG, Bongiorno R (In Press). It’s not too late to do the right thing: Moral motivations for climate change action. WIREs Climate Change Abstract.  Full text.
Bosson J, Vandello J, Paweł J, Kosakowska-Berezecka N, Olech M, Besta T, Best D, Bongiorno R, Kirby T, Ryan M, et al (In Press). Psychometric properties and correlates of precarious manhood beliefs in 62 nations. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology Full text.
Pireddu S, Bongiorno R, Ryan MK, Rubini M, Menegatti M (In Press). The deficit bias: Candidate gender differences in the relative importance of facial stereotypic qualities for leadership hiring. British Journal of Social Psychology, 1-1. Full text.

2020

Ryan M, Begeny C, Bongiorno R, Kirby T, Morgenroth T (2020). Understanding Barriers to Workplace Equality: a Focus on the Target’s Perspective. Frontiers in Psychology Full text.

2019

Bongiorno R, Langbroek C, Bain PG, Ting M, Ryan MK (2019). Why women are blamed for being sexually harassed: the effects of empathy for female victims and male perpetrators. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 44(1), 11-27. Abstract.  Full text.

2018

Bongiorno RT (2018). Brett Kavanaugh: why Republican women may be willing to overlook sexual assault allegations.  Abstract. Web link.
Begeny CT, Ryan M, Bongiorno R (2018). Motivation, satisfaction, and retention: Understanding the importance of vets’ day-to-day work experiences. British Veterinary Association, British Veterinary Association. 11 pages.

2016

Bongiorno RT (2016). Coalition’s lost ground on women MPs shows we need to tackle new gender biases.  Abstract. Web link.
Bongiorno R, McKimmie BM, Masser BM (2016). The selective use of rape-victim stereotypes to protect culturally similar perpetrators. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 40(3), 398-413. Abstract.  Full text.

2015

Bain P, Bongiorno R (2015). Are individualism and “masculinity” related when controlling for regional proximity? a reappraisal of Barry. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology 46.9 (2015): 1226-1231., 46, 1226-1231. Abstract.
Bongiorno R, McGarty C, Kurz T, Haslam SA, Sibley CG (2015). Mobilizing cause supporters through group-based interaction. Journal of Applied Social Psychology Abstract.  Full text.

2014

McKimmie BM, Masser BM, Bongiorno R (2014). What counts as rape? the effect of offense prototypes, victim stereotypes, and participant gender on how the complainant and defendant are perceived. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 29(12), 2273-2303. Abstract.

2013

Bain PG, Hornsey MJ, Bongiorno R, Kashima Y, Crimston D (2013). Collective futures: How projections about the future of society are related to actions and attitudes supporting social change. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39(4), 523-539. Abstract.
Bongiorno RT (2013). Female politicians pay a higher price for their flaws. Web link.
Bongiorno R, Bain PG, David B (2013). If you're going to be a leader, at least act like it! Prejudice towards women who are tentative in leader roles. British Journal of Social Psychology, 53(2), 217-234. Abstract.  Full text.
McKimmie BM, Masser BM, Bongiorno R (2013). Looking shifty but telling the truth: the effect of witness demeanour on mock jurors’ perceptions. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 21(2), 297-310. Abstract.
Bongiorno R, Bain PG, Haslam N (2013). When sex doesn't sell: Using sexualized images of women reduces support for ethical campaigns. PLoS ONE, 8(12), e83311-e83311. Abstract.  Full text.

2012

Bain PG, Hornsey MJ, Bongiorno R, Jeffries C (2012). Promoting pro-environmental action in climate change deniers. Nature Climate Change, 2(8), 600-603. Abstract.

2010

Ryan MK, Haslam SA, Hersby MD, Bongiorno R (2010). Think crisis–think female: Glass cliffs and contextual variation in the think manager–think male stereotype. Journal of Applied Psychology, 96, 470-484. Abstract.  Full text.

2009

McGarty C, Bongiorno R, Bliuc A-M (2009). Categorization. In Levine JM, Hogg MA (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, Sage, 67-72.
McGarty C, Bliuc A-M, Thomas EF, Bongiorno R (2009). Collective action as the material expression of opinion-based group membership. Journal of Social Issues, 65(4), 839-857. Abstract.
McGarty C, Bliuc A-M, Bongiorno R (2009). Depersonalization. In Levine JM, Hogg MA (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, Sage, 198-200.

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