Malissa is a PhD candidate in the department of sociology whose research interests are concerned with the emotional experiences of discrimination, reducing stereotypic perceptions, and sexual harassment policies. Her three-paper dissertation research uses a mixed-methods approach to explore: 1) how racial discrimination affects Black people's influence behavior, 2) how Black and Asian Americans use social support to process racial discrimination, and 3) how early experiences with racial discrimination affect later life achievement. Her master's thesis, funded by the Franklin College RED Seed grant, employed an experimental design to understand how attire influences the threatening perception of Black men.
- M.A., Sociology, University of Georgia 2017
- B.A., Sociology, summa cum laude, University of Florida 2015
- 2019-2020 American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Award
- 2018 B.O. Williams Outstanding Graduate Student MA Award
- 2017 Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Honorable Mention
- 2015-2017 GRO Fellowship Award
Tinkler, Justine, Jody Clay-Warner, and Malissa Alinor. "Communicating about Affirmative Consent: How the Threat of Punishment affects Policy Support and Gender Stereotypes." Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
2016 RED Seed Grant ($500)