I joined the faculty at Wesleyan University in the fall of 2011 after completing my Ph.D. at the University of Washington.
My research broadly examines prejudice, stereotyping, and the self. More specifically, my work focuses on two primary areas: (1) understanding how ideology and changes to the status hierarchy shape perceptions of bias against high-status social groups, and (2) identifying the consequences of within-group variability in the experience of stigma. I examine the causes and consequences of perceiving anti-White and anti-male bias. I also examine how variation in physical appearance affects judgments of minority groups: Blacks, Latinos and Asian Americans.
- Intergroup Relations
- Person Perception
- Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Self and Identity
- Kaiser, C. R., Hagiwara, N., Malahy, L. W., & Wilkins, C. L. (2009). Group identification moderates attitudes toward ingroup members who confront discrimination. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 770-777.
- Kaiser, C. R., & Wilkins, C. L. (2010). Group identification and prejudice: Theoretical and empirical advances and implications. Journal of Social Issues, 66, 461-476.
- Townsend, S. S. M, Fryberg, S. A., Wilkins, C. L., & Markus, H. R. (2012). Being mixed: Who claims a biracial identity? Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 18(1) 91-96.
- Wilkins, C. L., Chan, J., & Kaiser, C. R. (2011). Racial stereotypes and interracial attraction: Phenotypic prototypicality and perceived attractiveness of Asians. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 17(4) 427-431.
- Wilkins, C. L. & Kaiser, C. R. (2014). Racial progress as threat to the status hierarchy: Implications for perceptions of anti-White bias. Psychological Science, 25(2) 439-446. DOI: 10.1177/0956797613508412
- Wilkins, C. L., Kaiser, C. R., & Rieck, H. M. (2010). Detecting racial identification: The role of phenotypic prototypicality. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 1029-1034.
- Wilkins, C. L., Wellman, J., Babbitt, L., Toosi, N., & Schad, K. D.* (2015). You can win but I can't lose: Bias against high-status groups increases their zero-sum beliefs. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, , 57, 1-15. DOI:10.1016/j.jesp.2014.10.008
- Wilkins, C. L., Wellman, J. D., & Kaiser, C. R. (2013). Status legitimizing beliefs increase positivity toward Whites who claim anti-White bias. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
- Advanced Research Methods in Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Research Methods
- Social Psychology
- Social Stigma (seminar)
Department of Psychology
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