I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at Yale University. I earned my B.S. in Psychology, with distinction, from Yale University and my Ph.D. in Social Psychology at UCLA.
My research is motivated by a contradiction: while equality is ostensibly a core American value, the United States is marked by a profusion of inequalities. Further, when confronted with evidence of inequality, many Americans’ first impulse is to deny, dismiss or justify inequality. In rapidly diversifying contexts—organizations, neighborhoods, and other social networks—these impulses can spark conflict and undermine cohesion. My research examines how dominant and subordinate group members reason about group-based discrimination and disparities. Through my research program, I aim to identify potential threats to cohesion and design interventions to increase people’s understanding of and willingness to address inequality.
Beyond studying bias in society, I have consistently worked to address bias and increase inclusion in my affiliated institutions. In my free time I like to read, travel, exercise, and discuss current events on the internet. I’m @Ivuoma on Twitter.