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Jason A. Nier

Jason A. Nier

Jason Nier is a social psychologist whose research focuses primarily on intergroup relations. As a result, he is concerned with the psychological processes that are responsible for prejudice and discrimination, and the processes through which intergroup biases may be reduced. Within this broad area he has several specific research interests:

(1) The assessment of intergroup attitudes: What different techniques can be used to measure individuals' attitudes toward different groups? What are the fundamental dimensions of intergroup beliefs?

(2) Reducing intergroup bias: Through what psychological processes can prejudice and discrimination towards those who belong to different groups be reduced?

(3) Contemporary forms of discrimination and the enforcement of civil rights laws: What are the implications of social psychological research for Title VII and other anti-discrimination laws?

Professor Nier also co-authored a book chapter that won the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize, awarded annually to the best paper in the field of intergroup relations.

Primary Interests:

  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping

Research Group or Laboratory:


Journal Articles:

  • Gaertner, S. L., Dovidio, J. F., Rust, M. C., Nier, J. A., Banker, B., Ward, C. M., Mottola, G. R., & Houlette, M. (1999). Reducing intergroup bias: Elements of intergroup cooperation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 76, 388-402.
  • McWilliams, M. A., Nier. J. A., & Singer, J. A. (in press). The implicit self and the specificity-matching principle: Implicit self-concept predicts domain-specific outcomes. Personality and Individual Differences.
  • Nier, J. A. (2005). How dissociated are implicit and explicit measures of racial attitudes? A bogus pipeline approach. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 8, 39-52
  • Nier, J. A., Bajaj, P., McLean, M., & Schwartz, E. (in press). Group status, perceptions of agency, and the correspondence bias: Attributional processes in the formation of stereotypes about high and low status groups. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.
  • Nier, J. A., & Campbell, S. D. (in press). Two outsiders’ view on feminism and evolutionary psychology: An opportune time for adversarial collaboration. Sex Roles.
  • Nier, J.A., & Gaertner, S. L. (2012). The challenge of detecting contemporary forms of discrimination. Journal of Social Issues, 68, 207-220.
  • Nier, J. A., Gaertner, S. L., Dovidio, J. F., Banker, B. S. & Ward, C. M. (2001). Changing interracial evaluations and behavior: The benefits of a common ingroup identity. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 4, 299-316.
  • Nier, J. A.., Gaertner, S. L., Nier, C. L., & Dovidio, J. F. (in press). Can racial profiling be avoided under Arizona immigration law? Lessons learned from subtle bias research and anti-discrimination law. Analysis of Social Issues and Public Policy.
  • Nier, J. A., Mottola, G. R., & Gaertner, S. L. (2000). The O. J. Simpson criminal verdict as a racially symbolic event: A longitudinal analysis of racial attitude change. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 26, 507-516.
  • Nier, J. A., Nier, C L., Gaertner, S. L. & Dovidio, J. F. (2007). The contemporary nature of discrimination and civil rights law enforcement. Journal of Intergroup Relations, 33, 76-96.

Other Publications:

  • Dovidio, J. F., Gaertner, S. L., Nier, J. A., Kawakami, K., & Hodson, G. (2004) Contemporary racial bias: When good people do bad things. In A. Miller (ed.), The social psychology of good and evil: Understanding our capacity for kindness and cruelty (pp. 141-167). New York: Guilford Press.
  • Gaertner, S. L., Dovidio, J. F., Nier, J. A., Banker, B.S., Ward, C. M., Houlette, M., Loux, S. (2000). The common ingroup identity model for reducing intergroup bias: Progress and challenges. In R. Brown and D. Capozza (Eds.) Social identity processes: Trends in theory and research (pp. 133-148). London: Sage.
  • Gaertner, S. L., Dovidio, J. F., Nier, J. A., Hodson, G., & Houlette, M. A. (2005). Aversive racism: Bias without intention. In Nielson, L. B., & Nielson, R. L. (Eds.), Handbook on Employment Discrimination Research: Rights and Realities (pp. 377-395). The Netherlands: Springer.
  • Gaertner, S. L., Dovidio, J. F., Nier, J. A., Ward, C. M., & Banker, B. S. (1999). Across Cultural Divides: The value of a superordinate identity. In D. Prentice and D. Miller (Eds.), Cultural Divides: Understanding and overcoming group conflict. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
  • Nier, J. A., Gaertner, S. L., & Gorcheva, R. S. (2006). Examining the dynamism dimension of intergroup beliefs. In D. Chadee & J. Young (Eds.), Current Themes in Social Psychology (pp. 145-161). Kingston, Jamaica: University of West Indies Press.

Courses Taught:

  • Advanced Psychological Statistics
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Psychological Statistics
  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Social Cognition
  • Social Psychology
  • The Psychology of Prejudice

Jason A. Nier
Department of Psychology
Connecticut College, Box 5305
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, Connecticut 06320
United States

  • Phone: (860) 439-5057
  • Fax: (860) 439-5300

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