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Developmental Brown Bag

October 9, 2019 @ 12:00 pm

This week in a social Dev/Soc brown bag, co-sponsored with the School of Education, we’ll hear from Dr. Malik Boykin from Brown University (see bio).


12 noon in room 107 Psychology (please note room change)

Title: Hierarchy preference and group status impact racial identities and intergroup attitudes


My research addresses the dynamics between members of minority and majority groups. Historically, this conversation has focused on understanding attitudes of majority group members and their impact on minority group members. I incorporate this perspective while seeking to expand our understanding of individual differences in the attitudes of minority group members. This talk highlights two interrelated aspects of my research program. First, I discuss individual differences in Black people’s preferences for group inequality and the impact of these preferences on racial identity attitudes. Next, I discuss how perceived threats to majority group members’ societal status can inform majority group member attitudes towards education institutions designed for the upward status mobility of Black people.


  1. MalikBoykin is a Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences at Brown University. His research focuses on intergroup relations, hierarchy, prejudice, mentorship, and racial identity. Malik received his Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology from UC Berkeley, his M.A. in Social-Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) – after first attending Howard University. He has previously secured funding from the Ford Fellowship Foundation, the Greater Good Science Center, and the Society for Multivariate Experimental Psychology to conduct his research.


October 9, 2019
12:00 pm
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