Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Bedera's researches gender and sexuality with an emphasis on college sexual violence and masculinity. Her graduate work has focused on how undergraduate men interpret sexual consent and queer college women's experiences with sexual violence. Her dissertation explores how colleges handle sexual misconduct complaints.
Finds that while college men claim to have explicit verbal conversations about consent in their sexual encounters, in practice, they are much more likely to use "physical nonverbal cues" like eye contact or a partner's elevated breath rate as evidence that their sexual encounters are consensual.
Finds that colleges have primarily put the burden of sexual assault prevention on women and the expectations they have set are unreasonable and impossible for women to meet.