Biography: Melanie Kushida received her M.A. in sociology from UC Riverside in 2017 and her B.A in sociology with a minor in dance from CSU Dominguez Hills in 2014. Her specializations are in social psychology and criminology, where she is specifically interested in identities, control, aggression and violence, and serial murder.
Her current research uses identity theory to examine the relationship between perception of control and violent behavior. Previously, her research examined dancers as a case study to better understand how environments facilitate more tightly- and loosely- controlled identities. This study is a forthcoming chapter in Identities in Everyday Life, which is expected to be released in spring 2019.
Melanie is also involved in collaborative projects that explore various issues in social psychology and criminology such as the mediating role of identity verification on ethnic-racial socialization messages and psychological health, and the effects of gentrification on illicit sex work.
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