Members of the UM Psychology of Inequality Lab are interested in why systems of group-based social inequality are ubiquitous and resistant to change. Research in the lab centers around three major themes:
- 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,
- the nature of Social Dominance Orientation (SDO), or individual differences in the preference for inequality between groups (e.g., race or caste groups), and
- the endorsement of ideologies and beliefs that justify group-based inequality and discrimination (that is, beliefs that make inequality seem fair or legitimate).