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Allison Musvosvi

Allison Musvosvi emigrated from Zimbabwe to attend high school and college in the United States. She graduated from Pacific Union College with her Bachelors of Science in psychology in 2012 and is now pursuing her master’s degree in Industrial/ Organizational psychology at CSUS. Her thesis research is focused on how subtle and systemic forms of discrimination may contribute to a phenomenon called the ‘Paradox of Meritocracy’ (replicating Castilla & Benard, 2010). Additionally, she is working on research examining the objectification of women and girls as represented in Halloween costumes (replicating Nelson, 2000).


Allison is always happy to escape the academic research laboratory for some practical, applied research experience with the ISR. Working at the Institute for Social Research (ISR), she has collaborated with senior research analysts to conduct research using behavioral science principles, methodologies, and technologies in an applied setting. Allison is passionate about her education and work, saying “I look forward to the tasks of each new project, viewing the challenges I encounter as opportunities to learn new statistical techniques and other skills”.


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Allison Musvosvi
Graduate Research Assistant