Laurie Margot Ross

Laurie Margot Ross (PhD, UC Berkeley) is a leading expert on the psychology of masks at the intersection of religion, visual culture, and performance. She is the Director of Glocal Matters Research in upstate New York. She is the author of The Encoded Cirebon Mask: Materiality, Flow, and Meaning along Java’s Islamic Northwest Coast (Brill 2016) and is now completing research on her second book, Embodied Objects, both generously funded by the Social Science Research Council. Laurie is also developing a program for therapists, teachers, and organizations dedicated to developing cross-cultural empathy-building skills with masks.
She writes: The connection between women and masks corresponds to the direct strategies employed to confront gendered (and other) forms of disenfranchisement through improvisation with mask use.
“After the (Nuclear) War.”  Mask by Uwe Krieger.

Women and minorities are often held back from advancement in school, jobs, and the workplace. Techniques for discrediting an individual may involve bullying, shaming, and/or ‘mobbing’ (when two or more individuals join forces to actively sabotage the career of a given target).