Dr. Miriam Zehnter is a social and organizational psychologist who researches sexism, gender stereotypes, and attitudes to policies advancing women.
Miriam currently holds a Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowship to study the nature and prevalence of contemporary sexism, as well as its consequences for women, men, non-binary, and trans individuals. Previous work led by Miriam has described the Belief in Sexism Shift – the belief that based on women’s advancement, discrimination against men has increased and now exceeds discrimination against women – and introduced a scale to measure it. Miriam’s research uses a multi-method approach and novel technologies. For instance, she used data and text mining to examine descriptions of female and male leaders in newspaper obituaries from the 1950ies to the present.
In 2021, Miriam was awarded the Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowship to join the University of Exeter. In 2020, she obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Vienna. During her doctoral training, she visited Stockholm University (2018-2019) and New York University (2016-2017). Miriam has international teaching and mentoring experience. In the past, she worked as faculty developer for excellence in academic teaching at the Medical University of Vienna.
Miriam also consults organizations aiming to assess and address the impact of subtle biases on their employees.