The racial landscape in North America is drastically changing: Racial diversity is increasing in many Western countries. While most of the previous theorizing and research has assumed a homogeneous society with low levels of diversity, my research examines the impact of diversity on social cognitive processes related to racial attitudes, behaviors, and categorization.
Meyers, C., Aumer, K., Schoniwitz, A., Janicki, C., Pauker, K., Chang, E. C., Gaither, S. E., & Williams, A. (2020). Experiences with microaggressions and discrimination in racially diverse and homogeneously white contexts. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 26(2), 250–259. https://doi.org/10.1037/cdp0000293 (PDF)
Pauker, K., Carpinella, C., Meyers, C., Young, D., & Sanchez, D. (2017). The role of diversity exposure in Whites’ reduction in race essentialism over time. Social Psychology and Personality Science, 9(8), 944–952. https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550617731496 (PDF)
A wealth of research demonstrates that social norms are critical in determining behavior. In my second line of research, I examine how features of a context (like racial diversity) drive race-related norms and behaviors. Understanding the factors that influence race-related norms provides a unique opportunity to predict and even change behavior.
Meyers, C., Leon, A., & Williams, A. (2020). Aggressive confrontation shapes perceptions and attitudes toward racist content online. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 23(6), 845-862. https://doi.org/10.1177/1368430220935974 (PDF)
In my third line of work, I investigate social perception processes of multiracial individuals as both the target and perceiver. By examining multiracial, one of the fastest growing populations across North America, I can examine the malleable nature of racial categorization.
Garay, M., Meyers, C., Remedios, J. & Pauker, K. (2019). Looking like vs. acting like your race: Social activism shapes perception of multiracial individuals. Self and Identity. https://doi.org/10.1080/15298868.2019.1659848 (PDF)
Pauker, K., Meyers, C., Sanchez, D. T., Gaither, S. E., & Young, D. M. (2018). A review of Multiracial malleability: Identity, categorization, and shifting racial attitudes. Social and Personality Psychology Compass. https://doi.org/10.1111/spc3.12392 (PDF)
Other areas of interest
I also conduct research on other related areas on the topic of bias, essentialism, and racial discourse online.
Wilton, L., Bell, A., Young, D., Carpinella, C., Meyers, C., & Clapham, R. (2018). Lay theories of gender influence support for Women and Transgender people’s legal rights. Social Psychology and Personality Science. 10(7), 883–894. https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550618803608 (PDF)
Williams, A., Oliver, C., Aumer, K., & Meyers, C. (2016). Racial microaggressions and perceptions of internet memes. Computers in Human Behavior, 63, 424-432. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2016.05.067 (PDF)