Associate Professor of Psychology
Joined Connecticut College: 1999
The Pennsylvania State University, B.S.; University of Delaware, M.A., Ph.D.
Contemporary forms of discrimination and the enforcement of civil rights laws
Reducing intergroup bias
Jason Nier is a social psychologist whose research focuses primarily on intergroup relations. As a result, he is concerned with the psychological processes that are responsible for prejudice and discrimination, and the processes through which biases may be reduced. Within this broad area he has several specific interests:
1. The assessment of intergroup attitudes - What different techniques can be used to measure individuals' attitudes toward different groups?
2. Reducing intergroup bias - Through what psychological processes can prejudice and discrimination towards those who belong to different groups be reduced?
3. Contemporary forms of discrimination and the enforcement of civil rights laws - What are the implications of social psychological research for Title VII and other anti-discrimination laws?
Nier has authored or co-authored several articles and book chapters, which have appeared in journals such as the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Nier also co-authored a book chapter which won the 1998 Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize, awarded annually to the best paper in the field of intergroup relations.
He teaches social psychology, research methods, advanced psychological statistics and experimental social psychology.
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