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Matt Baldwin

Matt Baldwin

5th year student
Office: Fraser 409
mwbaldwin@ku.edu
http://www.policingequity.org | Personal site

Research Interests: I work primarily with Monica Biernat and my research interests fall broadly within the area of social cognition as it relates to stereotyping and prejudice. Specifically, I am interested in the way we process social information and the consequences of such processing in various social situations. Mostly, I have been investigating the relationship between social categorization and recognition memory for faces of other racial and social groups. More recently, I have been exploring nostalgia. Some questions I aim to answer are: What is nostalgia? When and why do we feel nostalgic? What effect does nostalgia have on one's identity?


Mea Benson

Mea Benson

4th year student
Office: Fraser 549
m690b259@ku.edu

Research Interests: I work primarily with Nyla Branscombe. My interests center broadly around issues concerning the marginalization of disadvantaged groups (from the advantaged-group perspective), the history of institutionalized and systematic oppression, and the built-in, legitimized structures that hold the system constant (e.g., tokenism effect). The areas of research that I am specifically interested in are intergroup relations, individual vs. group-level emotions, and the flexibility of social identity and self-categorization, and how these concepts and their corresponding theories integrate and relate to prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination.


Thomas Dirth

Thomas Dirth

2nd year student
Office phone: 864-9838
Office: Fraser 550
dirth.thomas@ku.edu

Research Interests: I am interested in the social psychological processes concerning the experience of disability as a social identity as opposed to individualized tragedy. Second, I am interested in the construction of the modern body as a potential source of meaning and control and the impacts this has for expectations for both fitness and disability. FInally, I am interested in approcahing disability from a sociocultural perspective, isloating policies and practices that define what is or is not a difference which should be valued. 


Marina Drus

Marina Drus

3rd year student
Office phone:
Office: Fraser 460
mdrus@ku.edu

Research Interests: My interests primarily revolve around cognitive processes, affective processes, motivational factors, and personality aspects involved in political attitudes, prejudice, stereotyping, intergroup relations, preferences for social hierarchy and system justification. I also have a keen interest in exploring unconscious mechanisms that underlie political behavior and ideological predilection.


 

Xian Zhao

Sara Estrada-Villalta

1st year student
Office: Fraser 550
estradasa@ku.edu

Research Interests: My research is generally focused on the socio-cultural basis of people’s constructions of the self, relationships and social identities, and how those constructions influence processes such as collective action and support for restorative justice policies. I am also interested in the development of critical consciousness in both dominant and subordinate social groups.


 

Claire Gravelin

Claire Gravelin

4th year student
Office: Fraser 409
cgravelin@ku.edu

Research Interests: My research interests focus on rape and other forms of sexual cercion. I am particularly interested in examining the factors within our environment which may perpetuate the tendency to blame victims of sexual assault, and utilize both experimental and field methodology in this exploration. Other lines of research broadly examine stereotyping and prejudice and the perception and treatment of marginalized individuals.


Chris Goode

Chris Goode

4th year student
Office: Fraser 549
sgtgoode@gmail.com

Research Interests: I work primarily with Ludwin Molina. My research interests fall within Political Psychology and Inter-group relations. More specifically I am interested in how ideolgoical messages from dominant groups affect the attitudes/opinions/and beliefs for subordinate group members. I am also currently exploring concepts attributed to the "American Dream" such as meritocracy, individual mobility, equality of opportunity, and National Identity. I am interested how the delivery and persistence of these messages may affect individuals sense of identity to their in-group, out-group, and superordinate identities as well as how we are induced/persuaded/or forced to construct a superordinate National Identity and what this identity affords us. A secondary line of research I am currently working with is how individuals in the workplace derive meaning, autonomy, security and fulfillment from the occupational titles they are given by their superiors. Using action identification theory I seek to understand how higher level meaning is transferred from the occupational title to the experience of the worker and if these higher meanings can undermine a sense of exploitation in the worker.


Lucas Keefer    Nader Hakim

1st Year Student
Office: 549 Fraser
nader.hakim.ku@gmail.com

Research Interests:I'm interested in sociocultural approaches to racism and other forms of oppression. I'm currently working around several questions: How does the way we remember important events shape our attitudes towards different groups? How does thinking about our own and others' social identities influence our behavior? 

These general questions have turned into plans for a couple of specific projects. First, I want to understand how historical representations and collective memory around 9/11 informs our opinions about foreign policy and national identity, among other variables. Second, I want to study the effects of carrying or observing an ambiguous or multiethnic identity, since individuals in those cases don't fit in the neat categories our minds and culture like to place people in. 

 


 

Lucas Keefer

Lucas Keefer

5th Year Student
Office: 444 Fraser
lkeefer1@ku.edu

Research Interests: I work primarily with Mark Landau. My research focuses on the role of existential psychology in consumer behavior. My recent research draws on attachment theory to explore the role of objects in fulfilling security needs. My other related research interests include Conceptual Metaphor Theory, embodiment, and phenomenological psychology.


Juwon Lee

Juwon Lee

4th year student
Office: Fraser 549
lee@ku.edu

Research interests: My research is focused on the area of close relationships, and I work primarily with Omri Gillath . Some of the topics I’m interested in are: the effects of attachment security priming, the role of context on relationship commitment, attraction, and online relationship processes. I am also interested in sexism and the cultural grounding of relationships.

 


Sahana Mukherhjee

Sahana Mukherjee

5th year student
Office phone: 864-9838
Office: Fraser 550
sahana@ku.edu

Research Interests: I work primarily with Ludwin Molinaand Glenn AdamsGuided by a cultural psychological perspective, my work explores the ways in which psychological phenomena are grounded in socio-cultural contexts. Among other applications, my research has examined: i) how different spaces (e.g., nation) and representation of history (e.g., museum, history curricula) impact national identitty; ii) how coneptions of national identity operate as tools for action (e.g., support for immigration legislation); and iii) how the teaching of psychology can increase critical consciousness and diversity -relevant goals (e.g., global awareness, social responsibility). A central theme across all my projects is to examine how systems of privilege and oppression are (re) produced via cultural tools, and the psychological phenomena that reduce intergroup conflict and aid in collective action.


John Sakaluk

John Sakaluk

4th year student
Office: Fraser 549
Personal Website
    sakaluk@ku.edu

Research Interests: I work primarily with Monica Biernat, and also collaborate with Charlene Muehlenhard. My research focuses on exploring implicit social cognition within topics of sexuality and close relationships. Currently, I am using a dual-process approach to understand condom use within an Attachment Theory framework. Specifically, I am interested in examining how attachment security/insecurity impacts implicit and explicit evaluations of condom use.


Nur Soylu

Nur Soylu

2nd year student
Office: Fraser 549

nsoylu@ku.edu

Research Interests: My research interests center around social identity, stereotyping and intergroup relations. One line of research I have been pursuing focuses on how contextual cues differentially influence the experiences of members of disadvantaged and advantaged groups, specifically with regards to gender and socioeconomic status, from a cultural psychology perspective. I am also interested in the construction and intersections of national and ethnic identities, and how these relate to interpersonal and intergroup relations. 


Laura Van Berkel

Laura Van Berkel

3rd year student
Office: Fraser 549
vanberkel@ku.edu

Research Interests: I work primarily with Chris Crandall. My research interests focus broadly on the field of political psychology. Within this domain, I am interested in examining the cognitive processes underlying ideological reasoning. Using various methods, my research has focused on how controlled and automatic thought processing influences how people think about the status quo and hierarchy/equality. I also have a secondary interest in how people think about political leaders as a function of their group membership (e.g., race, gender).


Adrian Villicana

Adrian Villicana

2nd year student
Office: Fraser 550
ajvillicana@ku.edu

Research Interests:My research interests broadly focus on stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. I am particularly interested in the importance of ingroup/outgroup distinctions, and the ways in which the social identities we embrace may interact with situational factors (e.g., threats to self-esteem, affirmations of group identities) and contribute to either biased or unbiased behavior toward outgroup members. I am also interested in how stereotypes lead to different standards we use to evaluate negatively stereotyped group members across different situations.


 

Xian Zhao

Xian Zhao

1st year student
Office: Fraser 549
zhaoxianpsych@ku.edu

Research Interests:  I work primarily with Monica Biernat, and also collaborate with other faculty. My primary research interest is how stereotypes influence judgment towards individuals from stereotyped groups. This includes topics such as intergroup threat and shifting standards, judgments of competence towards physically attractive females, and the relationship between subjective well-being and prejudice expression. My broader interests cluster around intergroup relations (e.g., race, social class, obesity, and gender) and culture.


 

 



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