Paulina Inara Rodis

Paulina Inara Rodis
203 Oswald Tower
University Park , PA 16802


Paulina Inara Rodis is a doctoral candidate in Sociology, she earned her M.A. in Sociology and Demography from Penn State in 2017.  She is also a 2020-2021 Predoctoral Fellow for Excellence through Diversity at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

Inara Rodis has published work in Socius, Sex Roles, Advances in Gender Research, and Sociology of Education.  In the Fall of 2020, she was one of four winners of the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center Research Award to Reduce Racism and Promote Antiracism for her dissertation work.



Online Fight or Offline Flight: Black and Asian Women’s Perceptions of and Responses to Cyber Aggression


In this multi-method project, Inara Rodis investigates how racism and sexism toward Black and Asian women shape and are shaped by the online environment. In her first chapter, she uses an original data set to study how the online Twitter community responds to intersectional aggression online - paying special attention to the ways that messages can spread far beyond a user's original intended audience. In her second chapter, she conducts interviews with young Black and Asian women to understand how their identities shape both how they choose to interact with others and how they strategically present their lives online. In her third chapter, she combines both Twitter data and findings from interviews to explore specific case studies on what it means to be a Black or Asian woman in the midst of online racism and sexism today.

Research Interests:

Social Network Methodology and Analysis, Social Identities (Race and Ethnicity, Critical Race Theory, Gender, Feminist Theory, Intersectionality), Violence and Aggression, Social Psychology