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Richeson Named Weinberg College Board of Visitors Professor

Researcher studies psychological phenomena associated with diversity

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November 11, 2010
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Jennifer Richeson, professor of psychology and African American studies in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University, has been named the Weinberg College Board of Visitors Research and Teaching Professor.

Richeson, a fellow at Northwestern’s Institute for Policy Research, focuses her research on psychological phenomena associated with diversity. Her work concerns the ways in which social group memberships -- such as race and gender -- impact the way people think, feel and behave.

Her work has been published in various scholarly journals including Psychological Science, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Nature Neuroscience and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology as well as appearing in popular publications such as The Economist and The New York Times.

She received a fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 2007 -- informally known as a “Genius Grant.” Most recently, she received the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contributions to Psychology.