Clara Wilkins, Dr.
Associate Professor and Earl R. Carlson Professor
Interests: social inequality and social hierarchy maintenance
|Do I accept and train new psychology graduate students in general?|
|Am I accepting new graduate students in the upcoming year?|
|I am accepting graduate students in 2023-2024|
|Social and Personality|
My research examines the causes of dominant groups’ perceptions of victimization and the consequences of those perceptions for intergroup relations. I also study how variation in racial and ethnic minorities’ physical appearance shapes the perceptions and experiences of disadvantaged group members. The goal of my work is to understand social inequity in order to minimize its negative effects on individuals, groups and society.
- Wilkins, C. L., Wellman, J. D., Toosi, N., Miller, C*, Lisnek, J. A.* & Martin, L. A. (2021). Is LGBT progress seen as an attack on Christians?: Examining religion/sexual orientation zero sum beliefs. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes. DOI: 10.1037/pspi0000363
- Wilkins, C. L., Wellman, J. D., & Schad, K. D.* (2017). Reactions to anti-male sexism claims: the moderating roles of status legitimizing belief endorsement and group identification. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 20, 173-185. DOI: 10.1177/1368430215595109
- Wilkins, C. L., Wellman, J. D., Flavin, E. L.*, & Manrique, J.* (2017). When men perceive anti-male bias: Status-legitimizing beliefs increase discrimination against women. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 19, 282-290. DOI: 10.1037/men0000097
- Wilkins, C. L., Hirsch, A. A.*, Kaiser, C. R., & Inkles, M. P.* (2016). The threat of racial progress and the self-protective nature of perceiving anti-White bias. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 20, 1-12. DOI: 10.1177/1368430216631030
- Wilkins, C. L., Wellman, J.D., 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. & Kaiser, C. R. (2014). Racial progress as threat to the status hierarchy: Implications for perceptions of anti-White bias. Psychological Science, 25, 439-446. DOI: 10.1177/0956797613508412
- 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, 427-431. DOI: 10.1037/a0024733
- Wilkins, C. L., Kaiser, C. R., & Rieck, H. M. * (2010). Detecting racial identity: The role of phenotypic prototypicality. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 1029-1034. DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2010.05.017
In the News
- April 18, 2022 Clara Wilkins is featured in a Harvard University Women in Psychology newsletter
- June 8, 2010 The Department of Psychology has announced its annual awards for 2010
- June 30, 2009 Winter 2009 accomplishments
- April 7, 2008 Jennifer Wang, Clara Wilkins, and Lori Wu Malahy each received National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.
- January 17, 2008 Clara Wilkins received a Clara Mayo Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues to support her research on ethnic minorities' reactions to positive feedback from Whites.
- December 11, 2007 Clara Wilkins was awarded a Diversity Fund Graduate Travel Award for the Personality and Social Psychology 2008 conference.
- April 23, 2007 Clara Wilkins, first year graduate student in Social/Personality Psychology, received a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship.