Dr Kumar Yogeeswaran
Lecturer of Social Psychology
PhD in Social Psychology (University of Massachusetts - Amherst, USA)
Phone: +64 3 364 2964
Internal Phone: 6964
Department of Psychology
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
PSYC 332: Social Psychology - Course Coordinator
PSYC 466: Special Topic: The Psychology of Inter-Group Relations - Course Coordinator
My primary research synthesizes theories in psychology and other social sciences to illuminate the complexities and challenges of achieving national unity in the face of ethnic diversity while identifying new strategies that might reduce the tension between unity and diversity. Specifically, my primary research (a) identifies factors that help versus hinder in the creation of unity in diversity; (b) demonstrates when and why such changes are likely to occur; and (c) illustrates how people’s inability to internalize such principles of national inclusion have detrimental consequences on their behavior and judgments toward minority group members.
In addition to these primary projects, my secondary research examines the role of situational threat and internal emotional states on prejudicial attitudes and discriminatory behavior toward ethnic outgroups. Beyond these varied projects, I have also been interested in bridging interdisciplinary fields by applying basic psychological research to the domains of law, politics, and public policy in hopes of disseminating scientific research to audiences outside of psychology and promoting broader social change.
Yogeeswaran, K., Dasgupta, N., & Gomez, C. (in press). A new American dilemma: The effect of ethnic identification and public service on the national inclusion of ethnic minorities. European Journal of Social Psychology.
Butz, D., & Yogeeswaran, K. (2011). A new threat in the air: Macroeconomic threat increases prejudice against Asian Americans. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 22-27.
Yogeeswaran, K., Dasgupta, N., Adelman, L., Eccleston, A., & Parker, M. (2011). To be or not to be (ethnic): Public vs. private expressions of ethnic identification differentially impact national inclusion of White and non-White ethnic groups. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 908-914.
Dasgupta, N., & Yogeeswaran, K. (2011). Obama-Nation? Implicit beliefs about American nationality and the possibility of redefining who counts as ‘truly’ American. In G. Parks and M. Hughey (Eds.) The Obamas and a Post-Racial America? London, UK: Oxford University Press.
Kang, J., Dasgupta, N., Yogeeswaran, K., & Blasi, G. (2010). Are ideal litigators White? Measuring the myth of colorblindness. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 7, 886-915.
Yogeeswaran, K., & Dasgupta, N. (2010). Will the “real” American please stand up? The effect of implicit national prototypes on discriminatory behavior and judgments. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 1332-1345.
Manuscripts under review or in preparation:
Yogeeswaran, K., & Dasgupta, N. (2012). The devil’s in the details: Abstract vs. concrete construals of multiculturalism have differential effects on attitudes and behavioral intentions toward ethnic minority groups. Manuscript under review.
Yogeeswaran, K., Adelman, L., Parker, M., & Dasgupta, N. (2012). In the eyes of the beholder: White Americans’ national identification predicts differential reactions to ethnic identity expressions. Manuscript under review.
Yogeeswaran, K., Gaudet, A., & Dasgupta, N. (2012). The effects of sociocultural ideologies on prejudice toward Hispanics with varied immigration status. Manuscript in preparation.
Dasgupta, N., & Yogeeswaran. K. (2012). Malleability of implicit prejudice and stereotyping: Reviewing a decade of evidence on the role of situational cues. Invited article for the European Review of Social Psychology. Manuscript in preparation.
Dasgupta, N., Yogeeswaran, K., McCall, C., & DeSteno, D. (2012). Incidental anger creates race bias in aggression while playing videogames. Research in progress.
Conference Presentations (pdf, 92KB)