Lee Bravestone

Queering Ambivalent Sexism: Developing a new, more inclusive sexist ideology measurement

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Lee Bravestone

PhD Student
School of Psychology


Lee (they/them) has nearly 20 years of expereince as a Queer activist and advocate. In addition, they previously worked as a social studies and theatre teacher in a variety of settings. Since moving to Aotearoa in 2017, Lee’s activism has shifted to academia and helping their community in a new, more systemic way. For their PhD, they focus on bringing queer theory into sexism research with the goal of creating a new, more inclusive concept of sexist ideology and how it can be measured.


BA in Social Studies Education & Theatre, Saint Olaf College
BSc in Psychology with Honours (1st Class), Victoria University of Wellington

Research Interests

Queer theory, sexism, inclusive research practices, Queer issues, pedagogy and course development

Bravestone, L., Hammond, M. D., Muise, A., & Cross, E. J. (2023). “It wasn’t meant for gays”: Lesbian women’s and gay men’s reactions to the Ambivalent Sexism Inventory. [Manuscript submitted for publication].

PhD topic

Queering Ambivalent Sexism: Developing a new, more inclusive sexist ideology measurement


Senior Lecturer in Methods and Statistics
School of Psychology

Professor of Psychology
School of Psychology


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