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Paulina Inara Rodis


Paulina d. C. Inara Rodis studies the interconnections and nuances of the experience of marginalization and harassment in the digital world. By exploring how individuals understand and experience their social identities and close relationships within social networks and social media, her work seeks to increase representation and elevate what is so often hidden, undervalued, and overlooked.

In her multi-method dissertation project — Online Fight or Offline Flight?: Black and Asian Women’s Perceptions of and Responses to Cyber Aggression — Inara Rodis investigates the experiences of Black and Asian women online to understand not only the specific racism and sexism they face on a daily basis, but also the different tools and strategies they use to avoid, minimize, and combat this online aggression.

Inara Rodis is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at Pennsylvania State University, where she earned her M.A. in Sociology and Demography. She is also a 2020-2021 Predoctoral Fellow for Excellence through Diversity at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. She has published work in Sociology of Education, Advances in Gender Research, Sex Roles, and Socius.

Research Interests

Race and Ethnicity, Gender, Social Inequality, Social Networks, Violence and Aggression, Mixed Methodology, Social Media, Online Communities