Racialized Sexual Harassment

A collection of RCGV members’ research focusing on the intersections of gender, race, and ethnicity

Featured Study: Sexual Harassment, Racial Harassment and Well-Being Among Asian-American Women: An Intersectional Approach

Project Details

Lead Investigator: Dr. NiCole T. Buchanan

Harassment of Asian American (AA) women has received little attention in popular culture and academic research despite their long legacy of sexualized racial stereotyping (e.g., Geisha, sexually submissive; Shimizu, 2007) and additional risk of mistreatment due to their membership in both marginalized gender and racial groups (Beale, 1970; Settles & Buchanan, 2014). 

Summary of Findings

Supported Previous Research

Our results replicated previous research indicating that participants often reported experiencing behaviors that constitute harassment, but did not label them as such.

Connection Between Harassment and Health

We examined the associations between these forms of harassment and two indicators of psychological well-being, depression, and post-traumatic stress (PTS).

Theoretical and Clinical Reasoning for Intersectional Lens

This study supports the utility of including both sexual and racial harassment in providing a more nuanced understanding of AA women’s harassment experiences overall and the relationship of harassment to psychological well-being.

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Experiences and Help Seeking Strategies Among Asian Americans

Research Team

Buchanan, NiCole, Ph.D.

Curriculum Vitae About Dr. Buchanan is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on the intersections of gender and race/ethnicity with an emphasis...

Cho, Hyunkag, Ph.D.

  Curriculum Vitae About Dr. Cho is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at Michigan State University. His research has focused on intimate partner violence (IPV), with...

Related Updates & News

Accomplishments by Dr. Buchanan

Publication on Intersectional Community-Based Approach for Sexual Violence Research

Finding Our Voice: Sister Survivors Speak

Finding Our Voice: Sister Survivors Speak

Congratulations to Dr. NiCole Buchanan on the Mary Roth Walsh Teaching the Psychology of Women Award!

Many Asian-Americans Reluctant to Seek Services for Domestic Violence

The Link Between Sexual Harassment and 'Purging' – in Men