Culture, Diversity, & Inequality Lab
The Culture, Diversity, and Inequality Lab is comprised of a group of researchers led by Dr. Nicole Stephens. This lab examines how gender, social class, race, and ethnicity affect people's experiences and outcomes in settings such as education and the workplace. Researchers in the lab also develop interventions with the underlying goal of creating more diverse and effective schools, workplaces, and communities.
If you are interested in becoming a research assistant, please fill out the lab application form and email it to Viki Papadakis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Before coming to Northwestern, Kelly obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, where she worked primarily with Dr. Sophie Trawalter and Dr. Brian Nosek. Her research focuses on prejudice and discrimination, and specifically, people's perceptions of prejudice and discrimination. Kelly's work aims to close this "perception gap" between minority and majority group members, which may in turn reduce intergroup tensions.
4th Year Doctoral Student
Andrea Dittmann received her B.A. in Psychology & Statistics from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Following graduation, she spent two years as a behavioral science lab manager: first, at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in the Center for Decision Research, then at the Kellogg School of Management for Dr. Loran Nordgren. Andrea studies social class, social rank, and inequality, and their influence on relationships between individuals and groups. She also studies the design and implementation of interventions aimed at reducing inequality. When she's not doing research, Andrea spends her time running, doing crossword puzzles, and baking.
3rd Year Doctoral Student
Jessica Nelson received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After graduation she spent time as a Research Methods TA and as a lab manager for Dr. Nicole Stephens. She is broadly interested in biculturalism and multiple identities, social class, and issues surrounding inequality.
2nd Year Doctoral Student
Hannah Birnbaum graduated from Wesleyan University in 2014. She worked for two years at MIT Sloan School of Management as a lab manager for Evan Apfelbaum with whom she continues to collaborate. She studies intergroup interactions, diversity, and inequality. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, knitting, and playing with dogs.
Before joining the lab in 2015, Gorana received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Milan and her M.A. in Economics from the University of Bologna. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. She is interested in investigating how individuals' socioeconomic background determines their access to opportunities and contributes to disparities in outcomes. She is also interested in developing strategies that help translate research findings into effective policy-making.
Viki graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2016 with a double-major in psychology and anthropology and a minor in applied psychology. She is broadly interested in culture, the self, and close relationships.
Undergraduate Research Assistants
Michelle is a junior at Northwestern University majoring in psychology and minoring in economics and global health.
Austin is a sophomore at Northwestern University majoring in learning and organizational change in psychology and minoring in African American studies.
Kaylee is a sophomore at Northwestern University majoring in psychology and mathematics.
Lucy Minju Kim
Lucy is a sophomore at Northwestern University majoring in psychology and economics.
Sally graduated from Northwestern in 2016 with a double major in economics and legal studies.
Julianna is a junior at Northwestern University majoring in sociology and minoring in Spanish.
Maria is a senior at Northwestern University majoring in Psychology and International Studies.
Stephanie is a senior at Northwestern majoring in psychology and legal studies.