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Samantha Snyder

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Education
Ph.D. Expected 2017, Tufts University, Social Psychology
Advisor: Dr. Jessica Remedios

M.A. 2013, University of North Florida, General Psychology
Advisor: Dr. Ashley Batts Allen

B.S. & B.A. 2011, University of Central Florida, Honors
Majors: Psychology & Sociology

Research Interests
My research interests include stigma and intersectionality. In particular, I would like to explore how people's multiple social identities (i.e., gender, race, SES, etc.) influence their life experiences and outcomes from both the target and perceiver's perspectives.


Alex Borgella

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Education
Ph.D. Expected 2017, Tufts University, Social Psychology
Adviser: Dr. Keith B. Maddox

M.A. 2012, James Madison University, Psychological Sciences
Adviser: Dr. Matthew R. Lee

B.A. 2010, University of West Florida
Major: Psychology
Adviser: Dr. Jane Halonen

Research Interests
I am primarily interested in how, when, and why people use humor to overcome stressful interracial and other intergroup interactions. My other research interests include contextual factors that moderate phenotypicality biases (differences in stereotyping and prejudice within an individual social group), stereotype threat, and aversive racism.


Simon Howard

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Education
Ph.D. Expected 2016, Tufts University, Social Psychology
Adviser: Dr. Sam Sommers

B.A. 2010, San Jose State University
Major: Psychology, Behavioral Science
Co-Advisers: Dr. Neelam Rattan, Dr. Clifford Oyamot, Dr. Sean Laraway

Research Interests
My general research interests focus on using experimental methods drawn from cognitive, perceptual, and social investigations, to explore the ways race influences—often negatively—our social perception, judgment, interactions, and memory.

Jenni Schultz

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Education
Ph.D. Expected 2014, Tufts University, Program in Social Psychology
Adviser: Dr. Keith B. Maddox

M.S. 2011, Tufts University

B.A.  2008, University of California, Santa Barbara
Major: Psychology
Minor: Black Studies

Research Interests
My research interests focus on how individuals perceive and react to people who have a visible stigma (e.g., members of devalued racial/ethnic groups) and how stigmatized individuals cope with discrimination.


Sarah Gaither

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Education
Ph.D. Expected 2014, Tufts University, Social Psychology
Adviser: Dr. Sam Sommers

M.S. 2011, Tufts University

B.A. 2007, University of California, Berkeley, Honors
Major: Social Welfare, Concentration Psychology
Minor: Spanish Literature

Research Interests
My main research interests are 1) interracial relations and perceptions of in-group and out-group members including face perception and skin tone 2) the development and origins of racial categories, stereotypes and prejudice amongst children and young adults, and 3) ethnic identity development for monoracial, biracial and multiracial individuals.


Kristin Dukes

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Education
Ph.D. Expected 2011, Tufts University, Social Psychology
Dissertation: Afrocentricity and Perceptions of Black Women
Adviser: Dr. Keith B. Maddox

M.S. 2007, Tufts University, Social Psychology
Thesis: Distinguishing Features of Category Membership in Impression Formation
Adviser: Dr. Keith B. Maddox

B.A. 2005, Rice University, Psychology

Research Interests
Racial Phenotypicality, Afrocentric, and Skin Tone Biases; Obesity Stigma; Impression Formation; Stereotypic Representations and Perceptions of Black Women; Disordered Eating among Women of Color; Reactions to Chronic Prejudice and Discrimination