A broad set of psychological factors contribute to the production and maintenance of gaps
and inequities along social dimensions (such as gender and racial/ethnic background).
These factors, which research in our lab seeks to uncover, fall in three general categories:
We study how beliefs about roles and beliefs about social groups create structural and interpersonal resistance that makes it difficult for individuals in non-traditional fields to advance in those domains. We are also interested in understanding the conditions under which individuals in
non-traditional roles may thrive.
We study how beliefs about roles and beliefs about social groups create barriers to entry for individuals who aspire to roles and occupations that have not been historically occupied by their group. For example, role and group beliefs can influence hiring decisions both directly and indirectly, and may operate both independently and in combination to produce group disparities in the workforce.
We study how beliefs about roles and beliefs about social groups create disparities in the pipeline that feeds various roles and occupations. These beliefs can shape individuals’ motivations, goals, and aspirations from a young age and may constrain their choices in a way that contributes to group disparities in the workforce.