Race and Ethnic Psychology Lab Information

Social Psychology & Psychology and Law Programs

Our lab focuses on the ways in which context and culture influence social cognitive and motivational processes that accompany decision making and outcomes for ethnic minorities. Our research examines the ideological origins of "racial"/ethnic bias, including content of and motivations for bias, at the individual, cultural, and structural levels. For example, we examine the influence of racial and ethnic bias on legal decision-making in areas such as immigration, criminal culpability, and violence. In addition, we focus on the ways in which ethnic identity and ethnic identity maintenance can impact daily life (e.g., increased perceptions of discrimination, health related outcomes), but buffer the effects of bias and positively influence our responses to discrimination and stress.

See our facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/race.ethnicity.immigration/

Cynthia Willis Esqueda and Jordan Blenner (UNL PhD/JD 2015) are examing Latinos and Bias in the Death Penalty in a series of studies that highlight misperceptions of evidentiary materials in decision making.

The interaction of disparate cultures, the vehemence of the ideals that led the immigrants here, the opportunity offered by a new life, all gave America a flavor and a character that make it as unmistakable and as remarkable to people today as it was to Alexis de Tocqueville in the early part of the nineteenth century (Kennedy, J. F., 1964).

Joe Hams listens to testimony on the death penalty protocols in the State of Nebraska Unicameral, 2016.

Joe Hams (with the famous red shirt!) listens to Death Penalty protocols at the State of Nebraska Unicameral, December 2016.

Watch the videos on the topic of psychology and law from the Minority Affairs Committee of the American Psychology and Law Society (APLS) at the links below!



Minority Affairs Committee (MAC) has a scholarship for undergraduate students who wish to enter graduate training in the psychology and law field.  Contact Dr. Esqueda for more details!

Cynthia Willis-Esqueda and Stephane Shepherd were in the news. Turning Native Kids into Criminals. Indian County Today.


Cynthia Willis-Esqueda and Russ Espinoza were in the news. http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/lifestyle/2016/08/10/latinos-and-evangelicals-increasingly-see-death-penalty-as-discriminatory/

Cynthia Willis Esqueda and Stephane Shepherd on UNL News.


Left to right. Rosa Hazel Delgado, MA, received the UNL Psychology Department Student Teaching Award, Michael Wenzl, Psi Chi President, and Cynthia Willis Esqueda, PhD, received the UNL Psychology Department Teacher of the Year Award 2016! 

MJ Schlosser received the Undergraduate David Levine Diversity Research Award 2016!

Reception for Dr. Lawrence S. Wrightsman, Jr. in honor of the book to commemorate his numerous contributions to Psychology and Law. February 26, 2016.

"We are born with an identity but not a self" - Baumeister (Midwestern Psychological Association, 2015).


Ed Asner and Cynthia Willis Esqueda at the annual Death Penalty Focus dinner, Los Angeles, May 7, 2015

Ivan Avila graduates from University of Texas, Brownsville!

Dr. Cynthia Willis Esqueda, Ms. Sybrina Fulton, and Alexandra Esqueda. Ms. Fulton is the mother of Trayvon Martin, and  she has become an advocate for social justice. You can see more about her work at the Trayvon Martin Foundation.org. She is kind, thoughtful, articulate, and willing to make a difference in the world. We were honored to hear her talk at UNL, February 18, 2015

Our Lab Students are Committed to Social Justice

Cynthia Willis Esqueda in the Chronicle of Higher Education. The article focuses on how our College of Arts and Sciences is making positive changes to enhance Ethnic Studies joint appointed faculty! 

Cynthia Willis Esqueda on the radio!

Cynthia Willis Equeda in the News!

Find the article at http://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/latino-life-surviving-family-trip-back-home-n164736.

Quote of the day:
'As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest." ~ Nelson Mandela at the launch of the ‘Make Poverty History ’ campaign, Trafalgar Square, London, England, 3 February 2005.

Congratulations to Sydney Gaylord who won the 2015 Levine Diversity Research Award for undergraduate students. 

Race and Ethnic Psychology Lab with Dr. James S. Jackson

Race and Bias Lab with Dr. James Jackson

 Not pictured: Leo Sierra, Lizzette Osorio, Rene Aranda, Karina Pedroza, Leslie Martinez