Khandis Blake

Adjunct Lecturer

Research Snapshot

I am an expert in gendered conflict and combine nature and nurture approaches in my research. First, my research considers how behavior, attitudes, and culture associated with gender are influenced by the interplay between nature, nurture, and the state of the economy. Myself and my collaborators propose that gendered phenomena such as inimate partner violence, attitudes toward abortion, and male-male aggression arise partially out of market conditions that shift the bargaining power between men and women. Second, I investigate the causes and consequences of female competition and the conditions under which female sexualization elevates women's agency. Third, I develop methodological tools to advance the psychosocial study of female ovulation and ovarian hormones. Finally, I am interested in the social contexts eliciting aggression, especially male-to-female aggression and intimate partner violence.  


An example of my current research questions are:

  1. How does the social situation predict misogyny, especially on Twitter (men's right activism and related tweets)?
  2. What is the relationship between female competition (sexualized selfies) and income inequality versus gender inequality?
  3. What is the relationship between gender equality and attitudes towards male-to-female intimate partner coercion?
  4. How does gendered bargaining power affect violent crime in Australia?



2018 British Council FameLab Science Communication Competition Australian Finalist

2018 British Council FameLab Science Communication Competition NSW Runner Up

2016 Australian Psychological Society Elaine Dignan Award for Research Benefiting Women

2016 International Society for Research in Aggression Lagerspetz Award

2016 International Society for Research in Aggression Young Investigator Award

2016 Society of Australasian Social Psychologists Award for Outstanding Postgraduate Research

2014 Sydney Psychology Postgraduate Conference Award for Best Empirical Presentation



Journal articles
Jones BC; DeBruine LM; Flake JK; Aczel B; Adamkovic M; Alaei R; Alper S; Andreychik M; Ansari D; Arnal JD; Babinčák P; Balas B; Baník G; Barzykowski K; Baskin E; Batres C; Blake K; Beaudry JL; Bloxsom N; Lewis S; Lucia M; Brandt MJ; Burin DI; Cai SJ; Calvillo DP; Carvalho L; Chandel P; Chatard A; Chen S-C; Chevallier C; Chopik WJ; Christopherson CD; Coetzee V; Coles NA; Colloff MF; Cook CL; Crawford MT; Danvers AF; Dixson B; Dranseika V; Dunham Y; Evans TR; Fernandez AM; Ferreira PRS; Flowe HD; Forscher PS; Gardiner G; Gilboa-Schechtman E; gilead M; Gill T; Gogan T; González-Santoyo I; Hahn AC; Hajdu N; Hatami J; Hehman E; Hu C-P; IJzerman H; Inzlicht M; Irrazabal N; Jaeger B; Jang C; Janssen SMJ; Jiang Z; Junger J; Kačmár P; Kaminski G; Kapucu A; Karaaslan A; Koehn MA; Kovic V; Kujur P; Kung C-C; Lamm C; Lee A-S; Legate N; Leongómez JD; Levitan C; Lin H; Lins S; Liu Q-L; Liuzza MT; Lutz J; Manley H; Marshall T; Mburu GW; McCarthy RJ; Michalak NM; Miller JK; Monajem A; Muñoz-reyes JA; Musser ED; Neyroud L; Nielsen TK; O'Mara Kunz EM; Okan C; Oldmeadow JA; Olsen J; Özdoğru AA; Pande B; Papadatou-Pastou M; Parganiha A; Parveen N; Pfuhl G; Philipp MC; Pinto IR; Polo P; Pradhan S; Protzko J; Qi Y; Ren D; Ropovik I; Rule N; Sampaio WM; Sánchez OR; Santos DR; Sarda E; Saribay SA; Saunders B; Schei V; Schild C; Schmid I; Schmidt K; Seehuus M; Sharifian M; Shiramizu VKM; Simchon A; Singh MM; Sirota M; Sloane G; Solas SÁ; Lima TJS; Stephen I; Stieger S; Storage D; Sverdrup TE; Szecsi P; Tamnes CK; Tan CBY; Tan K; Thirkettle M; Tiantian D; Turiegano E; Uittenhove K; Urry HL; Vadillo MA; Valderrama E; Valentova JV; Van der Linden N; vanpaemel W; Varella MAC; Vásquez-Amézquita M; Vaughn LA; Vergauwe E; Vianello M; Wei TK; Voracek M; White D; Willis M; Wilson JP; Włodarczyk A; Wu Q; Xie SY; Yan W-J; Yang X; Zakharov I; Zettler I; Zickfeld J; Chartier CR, 2019, 'To Which World Regions Does the Valence-Dominance Model of Social Perception Apply?', PsyArXiv,
Kellie DJ; Blake KR; Brooks RC, 2019, 'What drives female objectification? An investigation of appearance-based interpersonal perceptions and the objectification of women', PLoS ONE, vol. 14,
Dixson BJW; Lee AJ; Blake KR; Jasienska G; Marcinkowska UM, 2018, 'Women's preferences for men's beards show no relation to their ovarian cycle phase and sex hormone levels', Hormones and Behavior, vol. 97, pp. 137 - 144,
Blake KR; Brooks RC, 2018, 'High Mate Value Men Become More Accepting of Intimate Partner Abuse When Primed With Gender Equality', Frontiers in Sociology, vol. 3,
Blake KR, 2018, 'Resolving speculations of methodological inadequacies in the standardized protocol for characterizing women's fertility: Comment on Lobmaier and Bachofner (2018)', Hormones and Behavior, vol. 106, pp. A4 - A6,
Blake KR; Yih J; Zhao K; Sung B; Harmon-Jones C, 2017, 'Skin-transmitted pathogens and the heebie jeebies: evidence for a subclass of disgust stimuli that evoke a qualitatively unique emotional response', Cognition and Emotion, vol. 31, pp. 1153 - 1168,
Brooks RC; Blake KR, 'Gendered Fitness Interests: A Method Partitioning the Effects of Family Composition on Socio-Political Attitudes and Behaviors', ,