Clara Wilkins

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Clara Wilkins, Dr.

Associate Professor and Earl R. Carlson Professor
Guthrie 225
Advising: Possibly accepting new graduate students in 2025-2026, please email with questions.
Interests: social inequality and social hierarchy maintenance


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