Welcome to the Psychology of Inequality Lab at the University of Michigan.

Members of the UM Psychology of Inequality Lab are interested in why systems of group-based social inequality are so ubiquitous and so resistant to change.  Research in the lab centers around three major themes:

  1. why individuals who qualify equally for membership in more than one group (e.g., biracials) are categorized and perceived as belonging more to their lower status parent group,
  2. the nature of Social Dominance Orientation (SDO), or individual differences in the preference for inequality between groups (e.g., race or caste groups), and
  3. the endorsement of ideologies and beliefs that justify group-based inequality and discrimination (that is, beliefs that make inequality seem fair or legitimate).