Discrimination and inequality remain pervasive in nearly all facets of American society, from education, to wealth, to health. Undoubtedly, discrimination, broadly construed, is a key determinant of persistent group-level inequality. In my work, I investigate both how discrimination affects how its targets think, feel, and behave, and how people (from both dominant and marginalized groups) reason about and respond to discrimination that is attributed to relatively new, emergent sources. Integrating work in intergroup relations and affective science, my primary line of research investigates how people manage their emotions after experiencing discrimination, and the impact of this emotion regulation on their psychological and physical health. In a secondary line of research, I consider the implications of discrimination attributed to causes that have gained increasing prevalence in contemporary society (e.g., implicit bias, artificial intelligence) for individuals’ support for redress in the wake of such events, and their understanding of the nature of discrimination itself.
Research Question: How does exposure to discrimination impact how people think, feel, and behave?