Portrait of Alina Salmen

Alina Salmen

Research Student
Graduate Teaching Assistant

About

Alina is a Research Student, Research Assistant, and Graduate Teaching Assistant in the School of Psychology.

Thesis title

Misogyny on the Menu: The Psychology of Sexism and Meat Consumption.  

Research interests

  • Gender, Sexism & Discrimination
  • Political ideology
  • Human-animal relations and meat consumption
  • Dehumanisation 

Alinia is interested in the psychological processes underlying human intergroup and human-animal relations. Specifically, her PhD focuses on the relationship between sexism and meat consumption, as well as the the role of dehumanisation and attitudes towards animals and nature in prejudice against both women and animals. Her broader research interests include political ideology, gender relations, and the psychological factors related to meat consumption and vegetarianism.

Teaching

  • Associate Lecturer SP619 (Social Psychology of Groups)
  • Associate Lecturer SP620 (Social Psychology of the Individual)
  • Associate Lecturer SP529 (Personality)
  • Associate Lecturer SP633 (Applying Psychology) 

Other Academic Activities

  • (2017 – present) Research assistant to Dr Kristof Dhont
  • (2019) Research assistant to Dr Lindsey Cameron
  • (2017 – 2019) Research assistant to Dr Kathleen M. Quinlan, Unit for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, University of Kent
  • (2017) Research assistant to Dr Aleksandra Cichocka
  • (2015 – 2017) Research assistant to Prof Sascha Topolinski, Social and Economic Cognition II, University of Cologne, Germany
  • (2015) Research intern with Prof Toni Charman, Autism and Development Group, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience, King’s College London
  • (2014 – 2015) Research intern with Dr Wolf-Gero Lange, Clinical Psychology, University of Cologne, Germany
  • (2013 – 2015) Research assistant to Prof Hilde Haider, General Psychology I, University of Cologne, Germany 

Supervision

Supervisor

  • 1st Supervisor: Dr Kristof Dhont, University of Kent, School of Psychology
  • 2nd Supervisor: Dr Nadira Faber, Social Behaviour and Ethics Lab, University of Oxford, University of Exeter 

Professional

Funding and grants

  • (2018) Eastern Academic Research Council (EasternARC) Events fund awarded to Alina Salmen and Aino Petterson as co-organisers of the two-day conference “What Now? The Future of Gender Relations after #MeToo (June 2019)
  • (2018) Graduate Teaching Scholarship (GTA), University of Kent, School of Psychology
  • (2017) Postgraduate Bursary, University of Kent, School of Psychology
  • (2017) DAAD (German Academic Exchange Organisation) scholarship for postgraduate studies 

Awards

  • (2019) Second place in the poster competition (staff vote) at the School of Psychology PhD conference
  • (2018) Else Frenkel-Brunswik Prize for the highest mark in the Political Psychology MSc
  • (2018) William Sealy Gosset Prize for the highest mark in the statistics module
  • (2018) Best Theoretical Dissertation Prize

Conference presentations and posters

  • Salmen, A., Dhont, K., Krings, V., & Faber, N. (2019, June). Misogyny on the menu: Is anti-vegetarianism sexism in disguise? Paper presented at the special conference “What Now? The Future of Gender Relations after #MeToo”, Canterbury, UK.
  • Salmen, A., & Dhont, K. (2018, September). The psychological pillars of sexism and speciesism. Paper presented at the German Psychological Association (DGPS) Congress, Frankfurt, Germany.
  • Salmen, A., & Dhont, K. (2018, July). The psychological pillars of sexism and speciesism: The role of dominance strivings, dehumanization, and beliefs in female connectedness to nature. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP), San Antonio, TX, USA.
  • Salmen, A., & Dhont, K. (2018, May). The psychological pillars of sexism and speciesism: The role of dominance strivings, dehumanisation, and beliefs in female connectedness to nature. Poster presented at the Belgian Society for Psychological Sciences Annual Meeting, Ghent, Belgium.
  • Salmen, A., & Dhont, K. (2018, March). The psychological pillars of sexism and speciesism: The role of dominance strivings, dehumanisation, and beliefs in female connectedness to nature. Poster presented at special symposium "Brexit and the Rise of Populism. Insights from Political and Psychological Sciences", University of Kent, Canterbury.

Publications

  • Salmen, A., & Dhont, K. (in press). Hostile and Benevolent Sexism: The Differential Roles of Human Supremacy Beliefs, Women’s Connection to Nature, and the Dehumanization of Women. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.
  • Dhont, K., Hodson, G., Leite, A., & Salmen, A. (in press). The Psychology of Speciesism. In K. Dhont & G. Hodson (Eds.). Why people love and exploit animals: Bridging insights from academia and advocacy. Oxford: Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group Ltd).
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