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Graduate Students

Shannon Callahan

I am interested in how the identities, beliefs, and objectives of different groups contribute to intergroup relations and group perception. Much of my research examines the antecedents and consequences of using symbols to represent group identity.


Mark Kurai

I study the experience of stigma, stereotyping, and prejudice—What makes people resilient to stigma? What consequences does stigma have for identity, emotion, and motivation? In this lab, my current research project examines how people respond when other groups appropriate their group symbols, and the implications this has for intergroup relations.

Amber Sanchez

Overall, I am interested in the way people process social information. Specifically, I am interested in message framing, and what happens to people's attitudes when frames are encountered in a particular order.  Additionally, I am interested in the impact of psychological distance on the way people construe the world around them.

Courtney Soderberg

I study attitude malleability in the areas of politics and prejudice -- specifically how multiple sources of input interact with each other to produce emergent attitudes and beliefs about particular targets. Currently, I am working on projects that look at how people’s perceptions of a target change depending on whether the target is viewed alone or with others, how ingroup and outgroup positions on a topic are integrated to inform group member opinions, and finally how group membership can help to create interattitudinal structure.

Jehan Sparks

I study behavioral economics and the psychology of judgement and decision making. My current research project investigates the lingering and asymmetric effects of message framing.

Kevin McLemore

My work focuses on how stigma influences the self and social identity of individuals with a concealable stigmatized identity. Current research examines sexual self-stigma using indirect measures in lesbians and gay men, experiences with identity misclassification in the transgender community (misgendering), how particular signifiers are used to communicate a minority group identity, and what happens when these signifiers lead to identity misclassification in gay and heterosexual men.