Susanne Schwarz

Susanne Schwarz

MPP 2015
Measuring "Rape Culture" Research Project, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA
Susanne Schwarz

Susanne worked as an assistant for the research project "Causes and Consequences of Rape Culture: Global Evidence from News and Social Media" at the Harvard Kennedy School. She developed a laboratory experiment in Kenya by conducting independent research complementary to the larger project on rape culture. The experiment will serve two purposes: first, it will test whether rape culture in the media is apparent to readers in the ways that are often assumed, and second, it will examine whether and how rape culture affects behaviors and attitudes towards sexual violence. Over the summer, Susanne’s plan is to create an experimental design, and develop and pre-test the materials needed for the laboratory setting. She then plans to implement the experiment overseas in the fall or winter of 2014, and use the data she collects to form the basis of her PAE project.