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My research focuses on how gender stereotypes and romantic outcomes reinforce or undermine existing patterns of gender, racial, and socioeconomic inequality. For example, in one of my published articles I reconsider the "trophy wife" stereotype that pretty women marry rich men. I demonstrate that trophy wives are largely mythical--products of stereotypes and biased observation. This has important implications for socioeconomic mobility and theoretical understandings of partner selection. Much of my recent research considers the romantic and relational consequences of occupational sex composition (the proportion of women/men in a job). Other publications examine interracial relationships among elite college students, the gendered double standard of aging, body image stability, contraception use, and the importance of physical attractiveness in romantic outcomes.