Professor Wilkins

Clara Wilkins

Associate Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences
PHD, University of Washington
MS, University of Washington
BA, Stanford University
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    • Washington University
    • CB 1125
    • One Brookings Drive
    • St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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    Professor Wilkins is a social psychologist whose research examines prejudice, stereotyping, and the self.

    Wilkins explores how social change (e.g. racial and gender progress) affects high-status groups’ perceptions of victimization. She also examines how variation in racial and ethnic minorities’ physical appearance shapes stereotyping and identification. The over-arching goal of her work is to understand social inequities in order to minimize their negative effects on individuals, groups and society. 

    Selected Publications

    Wilkins, C. L., Wellman, J. D., Flavin, E. L., & Manrique, J. (2017). When men perceive anti-male bias: Status-legitimizing beliefs increase discrimination against women. Psychology of Men and Masculinity. DOI: 10.1037/men0000097

    Wilkins, C. L., Wellman, J. D., & Schad, K. D. (2017). Reactions to anti-male sexism claims: the moderating roles of status legitimizing belief endorsement and group identification. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 20(2), 173-185. DOI: 10.1177/1368430215595109

    Wilkins, C. L., Wellman, J.D., Babbitt, L., Toosi, N., & Schad, K. D. (2015). You can win but I can't lose: Bias against high-status groups increases their zero-sum beliefs. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 57, 1-15. DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2014.10.008

    Wilkins, C. L. & Kaiser, C. R. (2014). Racial progress as threat to the status hierarchy: Implications for perceptions of anti-White bias. Psychological Science, 25(2) 439-446. DOI: 10.1177/0956797613508412

    Wilkins, C. L., Wellman, J. D. & Kaiser, C. R. (2013). Status legitimizing beliefs increase positivity toward Whites who claim anti-White bias. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49 (6), 1114-1119. DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2013.05.017

    Wilkins, C. L., Kaiser, C. R., & Rieck, H. M.  (2010). Detecting racial identity: The role of phenotypic prototypicality. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 1029-1034. DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2010.05.017