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Tenshi Kawashima

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Graduate Student

Tenshi is a doctoral candidate in the Sociology Department at the University of Georgia. She earned her MA in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, in 2019. Her specialty areas include social psychology, work and occupations, labor exploitation, gender, and quantitative methods. She is the managing editor for Social Psychology Quarterly and has taught Quantitative Methods for Social Science (SOCI 3610). She will teach Social Psychology (SOCI 3730) in Fall 2024.

She is interested in examining workplace inequality through social psychological lenses. Her dissertation explores how social factors shape perceptions of fair wages from the perspectives of both employees and pay allocators, and how these biased perceptions of 'fairness' may perpetuate societal inequalities. She employs experimental and survey methods to test her hypotheses. Her work has received support from the Graduate Student Investigator Award by the ASA Social Psychology Section and the University of Georgia Summer Research Grants in 2023 and 2024.

In addition to her dissertation, Tenshi investigates work-family conflicts, negative emotions, and distress. In one project, currently under review, she and her co-author found that the emotional pathways through which work-family conflict leads to substance use differ between women and men. Another project examines the impact of family-friendly policies (such as leave policies and childcare availability) on work stress among female workers in 21 OECD countries, where she finds that cultural support for women's employment significantly influences policy effects.

Tenshi is also engaged in projects examining labor exploitation in West Africa. As a former pre-doctoral fellow at the Center on Human Trafficking Research & Outreach (CenHTRO) at the University of Georgia, she gained experience in designing large-scale household surveys and methodologies for estimating the prevalence of child labor trafficking. Her collaborative research has been published in American Journal of Public Health, Crime & Delinquency, and Violence Against Women.


M.A., Sociology, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee 2019

B.A., Sociology, Columbia College 2016

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Articles Featuring Tenshi Kawashima

Congratulations to our amazing graduate students Tenshi Kawashima, Kiley Smith, and Yue Zhang for the awards they received at ASA back in August!

Tenshi is the 2023 recipient of the ASA Social Psychology Section’s Graduate Student Investigator Award, which “provides support for an innovative and outstanding research project that makes a significant contribution…