Broadly, my research addresses contemporary forms of racial bias that are hidden, subtle, ignored, or unacknowledged by majority or minority group members within society. In doing so, my work moves beyond studying broad categorical distinctions between groups to provide a more nuanced and fine-grained analysis of modern prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination. Using a social psychological approach with diverse samples, I am interested in how these subtle biases impact the activation and application of stereotypes across domains and contexts. I am currently investigating six main lines of research:
(1) How racial stereotypes affect behavior within the criminal justice domain. As a member of the Consortium for Police Leadership in Equity (www.policingequity.org), I conduct research on the role of stereotyping and social identity threat on police behavior with minority suspects, as well as police/community perceptions and responses to racial profiling.
(2) How social identity threats impact academic performance. My research has focused on the ways in stereotype threat negatively impacts academic performance among stigmatized group members and testing possible interventions to counteract these outcomes.
(3) Confront prejudicing. A line of research assesses the social costs -- including interpersonal, intergroup, emotional, and cognitive costs-- that targets of discrimination encounter when they confront an individual who expresses prejudice.
(4) Stereotyping within sporting contexts. I am interested in the ways in which racial and gender stereotypes impact behavior within athletics, from the perspective of athletes, coaches, fans, and referees.
(5) Perceiving and accuracy of bias detection. I study how perceptions of discrimination and, importantly, the accuracy of such perceptions, differ between majority and minority group members.
(6) Within-group differences in bias. A major focus looks at the ways in which individuals within stigmatized groups differentially experience bias based on subtle factors like phenotypic stereotypicality or intersectional identities.
- Aggression, Conflict, Peace
- Applied Social Psychology
- Attitudes and Beliefs
- Culture and Ethnicity
- Gender Psychology
- Intergroup Relations
- Internet and Virtual Psychology
- Law and Public Policy
- Person Perception
- Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Self and Identity
- Sexuality, Sexual Orientation
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- Goff, P. A., Di Leone, B. A. L., & Kahn, K. B. (2012). Racism leads to pushups: How racial discrimination threatens subordinate men's masculinity. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
- Goff, P. A., & Kahn, K. B. (2012). Racial bias in policing: Why we know less than we should. Social Issues and Policy Review, 6, 177-210.
- Kahn, K. B., & Fingerhut, A. W. (2011). Essentialist beliefs and sexual prejudice against gay men: Divergence at the levels of categories versus traits. Psychology and Sexuality, 2, 137-146.
- Kahn, K. B., & Davies, P. G. (2011). Differentially dangerous? Phenotypic racial stereotypicality increases implicit bias among ingroup and outgroup members. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 14, 569-580.
- Kahn, K. B., Ho, A., Sidanius, J., & Pratto, F. (2009). The space between us and them: Perceptions of status differences. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 12, 591-604.
- Mendoza-Denton, R., Kahn, K. B., & Chan, W. (2008). Can fixed views of ability boost performance in the context of favorable stereotypes? Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 1187-1193.
- Glaser, J., & Kahn, K. B. (2005). Prejudice and discrimination and the Internet. In Y. Amichai-Hamburger (Ed.), The Social Net: Human behavior in cyberspace (pp. 247-274). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Goff, P. A., Tyler, T. R., Sidanius, J., Dovidio, J. F., Deaux, K., Sommers, S. R., Keesee, T. L., Baldwin, M., Biernat, M., Beletsky, L., Brooke, J., Eberhardt, J. L., Epstein, L. M., Smiedt, M. G., Glaser, J., Goff, E. L., Hagan, J., Harris, D., Christian, M. C., Jones-Brown, D., Kahn, K. B., Kliengklom, T. J., Land, K., Moon, S. H., Motto, M., Najdowski, C., Plaut, V., Sesko, A., Smith, P., Sturm, S., Thomas, E., & Zatz, M. (2010). The contract for policing justice. Los Angeles: Consortium for Police Leadership in Equity.
- Intergroup Relations
- Introductory Psychology
- Social Psychology
- Sport Psychology
- The Psychology of Race and Gender in Sport
Kimberly Barsamian Kahn
Department of Psychology
Portland State University
P.O. Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751