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Sam Gaertner
Trustees' Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Background and Interests

Sam Gaertner is interested in intergroup relations and in particular, how prejudice, discrimination and racism can be reduced. His research explores the possibility that inducing members of different groups to conceive of themselves as members of a more inclusive, superordinate group can harness cognitive and motivational processes that encourage more harmonious intergroup relations. This work has led back and forth from the laboratory to more applied settings such as corporate mergers, blended families and diverse public school classrooms. He continues to study Aversive Racism (i.e., hidden biases) that exists among ‘Well-intentioned’ people, who often express negative racial attitudes in subtle, indirect and rationalizable ways that preclude them from recognizing their racial biases.

Awards: 1971 Creative Talent Award Program for Doctoral Dissertations in Psychology sponsored by the American Institutes of Research: Honorable Mention.

1985 Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize awarded by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (Division 9, American Psychological Association) sponsored by the Gordon W. Allport Memorial Fund of Harvard University. Title of paper: The Aversive Form of Racism.

1998 Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize awarded by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (Division 9, American Psychological Association) sponsored by the Gordon W. Allport Memorial Fund of Harvard University. Title of paper: Across cultural divides: The value of a superordinate Identity.

2004 Kurt Lewin Memorial Award awarded by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (Division 9 of the American Psychological Association). This award (a career award) is presented annually for “outstanding contributions to the development and integration of psychological research and social action.”

2007 Distinguished Service to SPSSI Award (Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues).

2012 Career Contribution Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

Degrees

Ph.D., The City University of New York: Graduate Center​

Courses Regularly Taught

PSYC366: Independent Study

PSYC406: The Psychology of Prejudice

PSYC807: Group Processes

PSYC813: Intergroup Relations​

Recent Publications

Dr. Gaertner's Google Scholar Link

Gaertner, S. L., Dovidio, J. F., Guerra, R., Hehman, E., & Saguy, T. (in press). A Common Ingroup Identity: A categorization-based approach for reducing intergroup bias. In. T. Nelson (Ed.), Handbook of Prejudice. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Guerra, R., Rebelo, M.., Monteiro, M. B. & Gaertner, S. L. (2013). Translating recategorization strategies into an anti-bias educational intervention. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

Penner, L. A., Gaertner, S. L., Dovidio, J. F., Hagiwara, N. Porcerelli, J., Markova, T. & Albrecht, T. L. (2013). A social psychological approach to improving the outcomes of racially discordant medical interactions. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 28(9): 1143-9.

Gaertner, S. L., & Dovidio, J. F. (2011). Positive thoughts about positive approaches to intergroup relations. In L. R. Tropp & R. K. Mallett (Eds.), Beyond prejudice reduction: Pathways to positive intergroup relations (pp. 241-260). Washington DC: APA Books.

Gaertner, S. L., & Dovidio, J. F. (2011). Reducing Intergroup Bias: The Common Ingroup Identity Model. In P. Van Lange, A. Kruglanski, & E. T. Higgins (Eds.). Handbook of Theories of Social Psychology (pp. 439-457). London, Sage.

 

 

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