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Evan Bradley

by Betsy VanNoy Sep 17, 2020
Evan Bradley

Associate Professor of Psychology

Penn State Brandywine


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REI Faculty Fellow 2020-2021

Abstract: Pronouns are a crucial entry point to promote greater gender equity because they provide small but concrete steps everyone can take eliminate gender bias in their speech and to ally themselves with gender non-conforming communities. In collaboration with Rock faculty specializing in gender and moral decision-making, we propose to investigate ethical principles which impact gender-neutral pronoun use in interpersonal communication through a series of experiments, and to pilot intervention strategies based on an ethical framework. The findings will be used to develop materials for ethical education and inclusion initiatives at Penn State and beyond.

Evan Bradley is Associate Professor of Psychology at Penn State Brandywine. He earned his BA in cognitive science and a certificate in music from Northwestern University, and completed a MA and PhD in Linguistics at the University of Delaware. After a postdoctoral fellowship at Lawrence University, he joined Penn State Brandywine in 2013. At Brandywine, he teaches courses in cognitive psychology, perception, and language, as well as the senior research seminar in psychology. He has also taught linguistics courses for Brandywine Global Programs trips to Ireland, France, Sicily, and Malta. Dr. Bradley's research includes the production and perception of language and music, including both linguistic theory and psychological factors impacting language use. He has recently conducted several studies on gender-neutral pronouns, and advised student research on the phonetics of transgender speech. He serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at Penn State Brandywine, and previously served on its Women’s and Gender Studies Committee. He is the chairperson of the Public Policy Committee of the Linguistic Society of America, which advises the organization on policy issues and educates the public on the contributions of linguistic research to society, and is a member of the Committee on LGBTQ+ Issues in Linguistics.