The courses she’s teaching this year include Social Psychology, Research Methods and Statistics. Her research examines how ideological and moral beliefs influence prejudice, stereotyping and other forms of social judgment.
“Everything is going really well so far,” she says. “I’m settling into St. Pete, and Eckerd is such a welcoming college. The students are very engaged. It’s been nice to have conversations with them and hear their thoughts.”
Speaking of being engaged, Mallinas is. She and her fiancé are planning an April wedding on Treasure Island. And yes, they validate the research.
“My fiancé and I have pretty similar political views,” she says. “It’s not impossible for people with differing views to be in a relationship, but values are an important part of people’s identity, and we like it when people validate our views, so having a partner with similar political beliefs can affirm our own beliefs and identities.
“Conflict is also inevitable in any relationship, so having similar political beliefs might make it so that there’s one less potential source of conflict among partners.”