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/

Check out the podcast from June 5, 2017 on NPR with Mahzarin BanajiEric HehmanSeth Stephens-Davidowitz, and Joshua Correll. You'll also hear from Philip Tetlock. The podcast explains how cognitive processing can produce biased outcomes (including police shootings). http://www.npr.org/2017/06/05/531578107/the-thumbprint-of-the-culture-implicit-bias-and-police-shootings

Mechelen, Belgium, European Association of Psychology and Law, 2017. Great conference with great people!

Cynthia Willis Esqueda was a keynote speaker at European Association of Psychology and Law, Mechelen, Belgium, May 30, 2017! The title of the talk was Intercultural and Ethnic Issues in Immigration.

Joe Hams (Levine Diversity Research Award) and Madeline Schlosser (Harry K. Wolfe Award) take top honors in 2017! Congratulations! 

Trevor Obermueller receives 2017-2018 UCARE grant to examine race and sexual orientation issues in courtoom decision making.

Cynthia Willis-Esqueda is the highlighted member for SPSP news. Read the interview at http://spsp.org/member-spotlight/cynthia-willis-esqueda

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).

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!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFTZYEqc0-0&feature=c4-overview&list=UUtTFnnqXOULcaS4Sml4G5bA


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=2KJ4pZIrRc0

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.

http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/08/19/turning-native-kids-criminals-165496




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).



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! 
https://chroniclevitae.com/news/994-how-joint-appointments-stall-the-careers-of-ethnic-studies-professors

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.