My work examines how group identities (e.g., ethnicity, nationality) and group-based power asymmetries (e.g., high vs. low group status) influence group relations (see Tropp & Molina, 2012). My research considers the tension between national unity and diversity. Using multiple methods and diverse samples, I have tested theory-based hypotheses concerning 1) ethnic group differences on levels of national identification (e.g., Staerkle, Sidanius, Green, & Molina, 2010), 2) the role that constructions of national identity (e.g., America=White) have on attitudes toward immigration policy (e.g., Mukherjee, Molina, & Adams, 2013), and 3) the effects of recognition of valued subgroup identities on identifying with the superordinate group (e.g., nation; see Huo & Molina, 2006; Molina, Phillips, & Sidanius, 2014).
A large portion of my research has emphasized a psychology of the dominant and a psychology of the subordinate (Martin-Baro, 1994; Sidanius & Pratto, 1999) across constructs of national identity, respect, immigration, and contact conditions (e.g., Molina & Wittig, 2006; Molina, Wittig, & Giang, 2004). Because of this interest, I have made an effort to collect data from ethnic/racial majority and minority groups in the U.S. This has resulted in conducting “full circle” intergroup relations research that includes the voices of those at the center and at the margins of society. Rather than exclusively examining Whites’ perceptions of ethnic/racial minority groups or discrimination, the lens is turned and these same events are examined from the perspective of the individuals who are the targets of discrimination.
Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of California
M.A., Psychology, University of California
M.A., General-Experimental Psychology, California State University
B.A., Psychology and English, University of California
- Social Psychology
- Psychology and social issues
- Social psychology and film
- Political Psychology
- Field and survey research methods
- Intergroup relations
- National identity
- Group hierarchy
- Compensatory control