I have developed multiple lines of research examining topics at the intersections of intergroup relations, social cognition, and political psychology.   In general, my research explores how individuals respond to diversity or diverse environments.  I am interested in how social category differences affect individuals’ relations with others, political beliefs, and more basic social cognitive processes.  Some research questions I’m currently exploring include:

  • What factors influence when/if members of one stigmatized group perceive other stigmatized group members as potential allies or as potential competitors?
  • How does exposure to information about diversity affect basic categorization processes, attitudes, political ideology, and social policy preferences?
  • How do category- and feature-based stereotyping work together or independently to affect social judgment and persuasion?


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Craig, M. A., & Richeson, J. A. (in press). Stigma-based solidarity: Understanding the
psychological foundations of conflict & coalition among members of different stigmatized groups. Current Directions in Psychological Science. [article]
Craig, M. A., & Richeson, J. A. (2014). Discrimination divides across identity dimensions: Perceived
racism reduces support for gay rights and increases anti-gay bias. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 55, 169-174. [article]
Craig, M. A., & Richeson, J. A. (2014). On the precipice of a “majority-minority” America: Perceived
status threat from the racial demographic shift affects White Americans’ political ideology. Psychological Science, 25(6), 1189-1197. [article]
Craig, M. A., & Richeson, J. A. (2014).  More diverse yet less tolerant? How the increasingly-diverse
racial landscape affects White Americans’racial attitudes. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40(6), 750-761. [article] [correction]
Craig, M. A., & Richeson, J. A. (2014). Not in my backyard! National context, authoritarianism,
social dominance orientation, & support for strict immigration policies at home and abroad.  Political Psychology, 35(3), 417-429. [article]
Craig, M. A., DeHart, T., Richeson, J. A., & Fiedorowicz, L. (2012). Do unto others as others have
done unto you? Perceiving sexism influences women’s evaluations of stigmatized racial groups.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38(9), 1107-1119. [article]
Craig, M. A., & Richeson, J. A. (2012).  Coalition or derogation?  How perceived discrimination
influences intraminority intergroup relations.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102(4), 759-777. [article]
Richeson, J. A., & Craig, M. A. (2011). Intra-minority intergroup relations in the twenty-first century.
Daedalus, 140(2), 166-175. [article]