Race and Ethnic Bias Lab

The research in the lab is focused on the social cognitive processes and motivations that accompany race, ethnicity, conflict and well-being. Our research examines the origins of "racial" and ethnic stereotypes and their influence on the processing of social information and interpretation of social behavior. For example, we examine the influence of racial and ethnic bias on culpability attributions in the legal system. We are interested in ideology and the effect on attributions and decision making for ethnic minorities, in areas such as immigration and justice issues. We examine the ways in which ethnic identity can negatively effect daily life, but also buffer the effects of bias and influence our response to discrimination.

Great video on riots and protests from social psychologists! https://www.nbcnews.com/video/repression-suppression-violence-how-protests-become-riots-84941381862

Data collection has finished for the 2018-2019 Layman Award Project, Dental Wars: Arming Latino/a Immigrants with Culturally Appropriate Dental Health Prevention Strategies. Thank you to Martha Balderas, Topacio Ortiz, Ashley Mulcahy, Felipe Blanco Sanchez, Lesley Garcia, Fatima Barragan, Danny Escobar, Carlos Risueno, and Brianna Kay! Special thanks to our partners at El Centro, Romeo Guerra, Veronica Junge, Lisandra Jorge, and Alix Gomez! We did it! We truly appreciated the help of Rev. Father Ramon Dacean!


See my comments in the Vox news article, White Americans are Finally Talking About Racism: Will It Translate Into Action? at https://www.vox.com/2020/6/11/21286642/george-floyd-protests-white-people-police-racism

See my comments in the PBS article George Floyd Protests Spread to Small Towns at https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/george-floyd-protests-spread-to-smaller-mostly-white-towns?fbclid=IwAR277t1IJPkkLE4TUTJYEvkuaZbU3PKw1-mnLc8UrBhZPOL2m_FXVEcHSxY

Symposium Participants, American Psychology-Law Society Conference, New Orleans. LA, March 6, 2020. Lifetime After Exoneration: Stigma, Discrimination, and Reintegration. Cynthia Willis-Esqueda, Christopher Normile, Jeff Kukucka, Vanessa Metarko, Lesley Zannella, Laura Smaralz, and Kimberly Clow.  

Major Jenna Arroyo with the speakers at the Air Force Academy 2020 Conference, Valuing Human Conditions, Cultures, and Societies. Dr. Esqueda on the far right.

We have a facebook page! Visit https://www.facebook.com/race.ethnicity.immigration/

Canton, J.A., Martinez, L. N., Willis-Esqueda, C., & Miller, T. Sounding guilty: How accent bias affects juror judgments of culpability. Received 11 Oct 2018, Accepted 27 Mar 2019, Published online: 19 Jun 2019. See the Article at https://doi.org/10.1080/15377938.2019.1623963.

Willis Esqueda, C. , et al. (2019): Perceptions of the criminal justice system by minority and majority group university students: The role of ethnic identity, Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice. doi: 10.1080/15377938.2018.1512918

Important websites:

ISJR - International Society for Justice Research. https://www.isjr.org/conference/

MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Eduation Fund) at https://www.maldef.org/

Latino Justice (PRLDEF) at https://www.latinojustice.org/

Native American Rights Fund at https://www.narf.org/