Jennifer Richeson Professor

Program Area(s):



Prejudice; social stigma; social neuroscience

Research Interests

My research focuses on prejudice, stereotyping, and intergroup relations. Broadly speaking, I investigate the ways in which social group memberships such as race, socio-economic status, and gender impact the way people think, feel, and behave. Some current lines of research include: 1) manifestations of racial bias in mind, brain, & behavior; 2) cognitive, affective, & physiological consequences of "managing" a stigmatized identity; 3) contending with subtle v. blatant racial bias; 4) processes of social categorization.

Selected Publications

Johnson, S.E., Richeson, J.A., & Finkel, E. (2011).  Middle-class yet marginal?  The influence of socio-economic status at an elite university on executive functioning. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 100(5), 838-852.

Richeson, J.A., & Craig, M.A. (2011). Intra-minority intergroup relations in the twenty-first century.  Daedalus, the Journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, 140(2), 166-175.

Murphy, M.C., Richeson, J.A., & Molden, D.C. (2011). Leveraging motivational mindsets to foster positive interracial interactions.  Personality and Social Psychology Compass, 5(2), 118–131.

Bergsieker, H., Shelton, J.N., & Richeson, J.A. (2010). To be liked versus respected: Divergent goals in interracial interactions. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99, 248-264.

Trawalter, S., Richeson, J.A., & Shelton, J.N. (2009). Predicting behavior during interracial interactions: A stress and coping approach. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 13, 243-268.

Johnson, S.E., & Richeson, J.A. (2009). Solo status revisited: Examining racial group differences in the self-regulatory consequences of self-presenting as a racial solo. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 1032-1035.

Richeson, J. A., & Trawalter, S. (2008). The threat of appearing prejudiced and race-based attentional biases. Psychological Science, 19, 98-102.

Richeson, J. A., & Shelton, J. N. (2007). Negotiating interracial interactions: Costs, consequences, and possibilities. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 16, 316-320.

Shelton, J.N., & Richeson, J.A. (2006). Interracial interactions: A relational approach. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 38, 121-181.

Trawalter, S., & Richeson, J.A. (2006). Regulatory focus and executive function after interracial interactions. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 406-412.

Richeson, J.A., & Trawalter, S. (2005a). On the categorization of admired and disliked exemplars of admired and disliked racial groups. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 89, 517-530.

Richeson, J.A., & Trawalter, S. (2005b). Why do interracial interactions impair executive function? A resource depletion account. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 88, 934-947.

Richeson, J.A., Trawalter, S., & Shelton, J.N. (2005). African Americans’ racial attitudes and the depletion of executive function after interracial interactions. Social Cognition, 23, 336-352.

Shelton, J.N., Richeson, J.A., & Salvatore, J. (2005). Expecting to be the target of prejudice: Implications for interethnic interactions. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31, 1189-1202.