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  • Pantea Farvid

    Associate Professor of Applied Psychology


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    Pantea Farvid


    Dr. Pani Farvid is an Assistant Professor of Applied Psychology. She joined The New School in 2019 from Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand, where she developed successful teaching and research programs, as well as wide-ranging media profile addressing social and psychological issues (e.g., see her TEDx talk on saying goodbye to binary gender).

    Dr. Farvid works with interdisciplinary research teams, community organizations and policy makers across the globe. She draws on mixed-methods, discursive methods, as well as new and emerging methodologies. Her current research/supervision interests span the following:

    Working with marginalized populations (e.g., refugees, immigrants, non-binary, LGBTQI+, ethnic/racial minorities) in order to foster equity and social justice.

    • Diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
    • The primary prevention of gender inequality and sexism (including gender-based/sexual violence)
    • Emerging social issues in gender, sexuality, technology and intimacy (e.g., mobile dating, online sex work, “sugar dating”, AI and human intimacies, robot sex).
    • The politics of Sex Work
    • Domestic sex trafficking (NZ, US, and UK)
    • Applied ethics and moral psychology (as applied to the online domain)
    • Contemporary shifts in intimate life (within the West and within Iran)
    • Methodological developments in psychology (e.g., visual motif analysis, posthuman critical theory and psychology in conversation)

    Degrees Held

    2002: BA (Psychology), The University of Auckland, New Zealand.
    2003: BA Honours (Psychology), The University of Auckland, New Zealand.
    2005: MA Honours (Psychology), The University of Auckland, New Zealand.
    2011: PhD (Psychology), The University of Auckland, New Zealand.

    Professional Affiliation

    Farvid, P. (forthcoming, 2020). The Psychology of Heterosexuality: Theory, Research and Practice. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

    Farvid, P. & Braun, V. (in press). A critical encyclopaedia of heterosex. In K. Hall & R. Barrett (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Language and Sexuality. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    Beres, M. A. & Farvid, P. (in press). Doing theoretical thematic analysis. In V. Braun & V Clarke (Eds.), Thematic Analysis: A Practical Guide. London: Sage

    Sniewski, L., Farvid, P., (in press). Hidden in Shame: Heterosexual Men’s Experiences of Self-Perceived Problematic Pornography Use. The Psychology of Men and Masculinity.

    Sniewski, L., Farvid, P., (in press). Abstinence or Acceptance? A Case Series of Men’s Experiences with an Intervention Addressing Self-Perceived Problematic Pornography Use. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity.

    Farvid, P. (2018). Gender Equality Education and Media Literacy: The Primary Prevention of Sexism. In G. Tibe Bonifacio (Ed), Global Currents in Gender and Feminisms: Canadian and International Perspectives, (pp. 107-125) Emerald Press.

    Farvid, P. (2018). Sexual Stigmatization. In T. K. Shackelford and V. A. Weekes-Shackelford (eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Switzerland: Springer Nature

    Farvid, P. & Braun, V. (2018). Gender, identity management, and the discursive positioning of “risk” in men’s and women’s talk about heterosexual casual sex. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 47(5), 1405-1421.

    Badu, E., Mpofu, C. & Farvid, P. (2018). Towards TB Elimination in Aotearoa/New Zealand: Key Informant Insights on the Determinants of TB among African Migrants. Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease, 3(2), 44-56.

    Badu, E., Mpofu, C. & Farvid, P. (2018). Is New Zealand immigration policy a barrier to TB elimination? The New Zealand Medical Association, 131(1477), 120-122.

    Farvid, P. (2017). The politics of sex work in Aotearoa/New Zealand and the Pacific: Tensions, debates and future directions. Women's Studies Journal, 31(2), 27-34.

    Sniewski, L., Farvid, P., & Carter, P. (2018). The assessment and treatment of adult heterosexual men with self-perceived problematic pornography use: A review. Addictive Behaviors, 77, 217-224.

    Henry, M. & Farvid, P. (2017). ‘Always hot, always live’: Computer-mediated sex work in the era of ‘camming’. Women's Studies Journal, 31(2), 113-128.

    Pond, T. & Farvid, P. (2017). Young bisexual women’s experiences of using Tinder. The Psychology of Sexualities Review, 8(2), 6-24.

    Farvid, P. & Braun, V.  (2017). Unpacking the ‘Pleasures’ and ‘Pains’ of Heterosexual Casual Sex – Beyond Singular Understandings. Journal of Sex Research 54(1), 73-90.

    Farvid, P., Braun, V., & Rowney, C. (2017). ‘No girl wants to be called a slut!’: Women, heterosexual casual sex and the sexual double standard. Journal of Gender Studies, 26(5), 544-560.

    Farvid, P. & Aisher, K. (2016). “It’s Just a Lot More Casual”: Young Heterosexual Women’s Experiences of Using Tinder in New Zealand. Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, 10, 1-18.

    Paterson, J., Tautolo, E-S., Iusitini, L., Taylor, S., & Farvid, P. (2016). Pacific Islands families study: Intimate partner stressors and psychological distress among pacific adults. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 31(3), 301-311.

    Farvid, P. (2015). Heterosexuality. In M. Barker, & C. Richards (Eds.), The Psychology of Sexuality and Gender, (pp. 92-108) Houndmills: Palgrave.

    Farvid, P. (2015). Cyber Intimacies. In N. Naples (Ed), The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Malden MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

    Farvid, P. (2014). Heterosexual women’s (counter)narratives of desire and pleasure in casual sex. In S. McKenzie-Mohr and M. Lefrance (Eds.), Women Voicing Resistance: Discursive and Narrative Explorations (pp. 121-140). Hove: Routledge.

    Farvid, P., & Braun, V. (2014). The "Sassy Woman" and the "Performing Man": Heterosexual casual sex advice and the (re)constitution of gendered subjectivities. Feminist Media Studies, 14(1), 118-134.

    Farvid, P., & Glass, L. (2014). “It isn't prostitution as you normally think of it. It's survival sex”: Media representations of adult and child prostitution in New Zealand. Women’s Studies Journal, 28(1), 47-67.

    Rowney, C., Farvid, P. & Sibley, C. (2014). "I laugh and say 'I have 'Earthquake Brain!'": Resident responses to the September 2010 Christchurch. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 43(2), 4-13.

    Farvid, P., Landon, J., & Krageloh, C (2014). Psychology. In V. Wright-St Clair, D. Reid and S. Shaw (Eds.), Evidence Based Health Practice. Oxford University Press: Oxford

    Farvid, P., & Braun, V. (2013). Casual sex as not a natural act and other regimes of truth about heterosexuality. Feminism & Psychology, 23(3), 359-378.

    Terry, G., Braun, V., & Farvid, P. (2012). Structural impediments to sexual health in New Zealand: Key informant perspectives. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 9(4), 317-326.

    Farvid, P. (2012). The historic emergence of heterosexual casual sex. In R. Scherman, C. Krageloh, & S. Nayar (Eds.), Full peer-reviewed article in Walking the Talk, Auckland: AUT University.

    Farvid, P. & Rowney, C. (2012). Un/doing ‘covert’ field-work in the New Zealand Sex Industry. Walking the Talk, Auckland: AUT.

    Farvid, P. (2011). Reflections on the ‘strategic man’ in heterosexual casual sex advice. Walking the Talk,  Auckland: AUT.

    Farvid, P. (2010). The benefits of ambiguity: Methodological insights from researching 'heterosexual casual sex'. Feminism and Psychology, 20(2), 232-237.

    Beres, M. A. & Farvid, P. (2010). Sexual ethics and young women's accounts of heterosexual casual sex. Sexualities, 13(3), 377-393.

    Farvid, P. & Braun, V. (2006). 'Most of us guys are raring to go anytime, anyplace, anywhere': Male and female sexuality in Cleo and Cosmo. Sex Roles, 55(5-6), 295-310.


    Selected writing for community and media outlets:

    Farvid, P. (2018). The Primary Prevention of Gender Inequality In New Zealand: Gender Equality Education In Schooling – Published in The Circular No 613, (pp. 6-8). The National Council of Women NZ.

    Farvid, P. (2018). Sex Traffickers Are More Often Intimate Partners Than International Slave Traders, VICE Magazine:

    Farvid, P. (2018). Sick of not having a voice and not being heard? #MeToo. The New Zealand.

    Farvid, P. (2018). The Psychology of Modern Racism. The New Zealand.

    Farvid, P. (2018). Why the perfect partner doesn't exist. The New Zealand.

    Farvid, P. (2018) Why love won't keep you together. The New Zealand.

    Farvid, P. (2018). The secrets to a happier relationship. The New Zealand.

    Farvid, P. (2017). Swiping to find 'the one'? The New Zealand.

    Farvid, P. (2017). Is coupledom all it’s cracked up to be? The New Zealand.

    Farvid, P. (2017). Married at First Sight contestants not feeling the love. The New Zealand.

    Farvid, P. (2017). Not always fair in love and war. The New Zealand.

    Farvid, P. (2017). Fight right and you'll have a happy marriage. The New Zealand.

    Farvid, P. (2017). Sexuality - so many ways to go. The New Zealand.

    Farvid, P. (2017). Passion no guarantee for finding lasting love. The New Zealand.

    Current Courses

    Independent Study

    Independent Study (Spring 2021)

    Independent Study

    Psych of Gender&Sexuality

    Psych of Gender&Sexuality (Spring 2021)

    Psych of Heterosexuality

    Psych of Heterosexuality (Spring 2021)

    Psychology for Social Change

    Research Methods I

    Senior Work Project

    Senior Work Project (Spring 2021)

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