Sa-kiera Hudson

Sa-kiera Hudson

Ph.D. Candidate in Psychology, Harvard University
WAPPP Fellow

Sa-kiera Hudson researches power hierarchies and intergroup relations, in particular the origins of social hierarchical perception. She also focuses on intersectionality in processes of discrimination and prejudice.


Sa-kiera (Kiera) is a fourth year Social Psychology doctoral student. Broadly defined, she is interested in studying power hierarchies and intergroup relations. She received her BA in Biology and Psychology from Williams College and spent two years as a lab manager for Dr. Jenessa Shapiro in the Social Interaction and Social Stigma Lab at UCLA. Now at Harvard working under the guidance Drs. James Sidanius and Mahzarin Banaji, her research tries to answer two related questions: What are the psychological and biological roots of power and dominance hierarchy systems and how do these systems intersect to influence experience and perception? For example, she looks at the biological underpinnings of social dominance by exploring the relationship between social dominance orientation and testosterone levels. She is also examining the origins of social hierarchical perception by asking when and how children come to represent social categories of race and gender as social dominance hierarchies. Finally, she studies intersectionality, or the interconnected nature of social identities, (race, sexual orientation, gender, and socioeconomic status specifically) in processes of discrimination and prejudice. For example, she investigates gender stereotype threat in the LGBTQ community, explores the violence and aggression experienced by women of different races, and grapple with the current theoretical understandings of intersectionality within the field of social psychology. She has been a member of the Harvard’s Inequality and Social Policy Program since 2015.

Research Topic

Discrimination at the Intersection of Race and Gender