Faculty, Fellows, & Graduate Students

Jennifer A. Richeson, PhD

Jennifer A. Richeson is the Philip R. Allen  Professor of Psychology at Yale University and Director of the Social Perception and Communication Lab. She received a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Brown University, and both an MA and PhD in social psychology from Harvard University. Prior to joining the Yale faculty in 2016, she was the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University, where she was also a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research. Through her research & teaching, Professor Richeson seeks to identify ways to create cohesive  environments that are also culturally diverse. Outside of lab, professor Richeson enjoys running about with her dog, Midas, playing most word & card games, but would almost always rather be at the beach.
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Hyeonjin Bak, PhD
Hyeonjin is a Postdoctoral Associate in the SPCL. She received her PhD in social psychology from the University of Virginia, working with Dr. Sophie Trawalter, and her BA in psychology from the University of Minnesota. In her research, Hyeonjin seeks to understand why and when people engage in discriminatory behaviors and identify ways to reduce intergroup biases and conflicts. In her free time, she enjoys watching sports and trying out a new cocktail recipe.

Crystal Shackleford, PhD

Crystal is a Postdoctoral Associate in the SPCL. She received her PhD in social psychology from the New School for Social Research with Dr. Jeremy Ginges. In one line of work, she investigates the role of religion in conflict and cooperation, and the consequences of invoking different conflict narratives. She is also researching the role of inequality in social cohesion and how we can communicate about inequality to promote solidarity and build multiracial coalitions for justice. Outside of work, she enjoys being in nature, animals, reading, and music.


Xanni Brown

Xanni is a postdoctoral fellow with the Polarization Lab at the University of Pennsylvania. She is continuing her work with the SPCL in parallel. Her main work explores psychological and behavioral reactions to the prospect of increasing diversity, with a focus on racial group status threat and its downstream consequences. Some of her other work focuses on the impact of racially stereotyped mascots on campus belonging, on confronting biased behavior, and on the consequences for accountability of attributing discriminatory behavior to implicit (vs explicit) bias. Her non-research interests include campaign finance reform, bicycle touring, and rugby.

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Salem Sulaiman

Salem is a first year PhD candidate in the SPCL. More about Salem to come!

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