Megan "Megs" Carpenter is a Social Psychologist, who recently completed her doctorate at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM). Megs is currently working as an adjunct faculty member with the Psychology Department at the UHM, and will soon begin a visiting assistant professor position at the University of Puget Sound in the Fall. Her primary research interests include conditional mating strategies, gender norms, and the influence of power on sexual behaviors. For her masters thesis, Megs explored the impact of operational sex ratios on sociosexuality through the use of an artificial online dating website. Her dissertation extends her interests in conditional mating strategies by investigating the influence of power on individuals' perceptions of their own mate value and their attraction to specific facial features, as well as by examining the potential moderating factor of power on the relationship between skewed sex ratios and sexual behaviors and attitudes.
Megs has taught a number of courses at UHM, including Psychology of Human Sexuality (PSY 352), Psychology of Gender (WS/PSY 202), Statistics for the Social Sciences (SOCS/PSY 225), Social Psychology (PSY 250), and Introduction to Psychology (PSY 100). She is also currently serving as the Research Coordinator for Dr. Kristin Pauker's Development of Interracial Anxiety (DIA) Project, and the manager of Dr. Elaine Hatfield's research lab.