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My research program investigates social and political biases (e.g., prejudice or stereotypes), as well as motivations for overcoming bias. I pursue this research from an implicit social cognition framework, assuming that attitudes and identities can operate outside of conscious awareness or control, but still influence important outcomes, such as ethnocentrism and discrimination (for reviews see Nosek, Graham, & Hawkins, 2010; Nosek, Hawkins, & Frazier, 2011; Nosek, Hawkins, & Frazier, 2012).

In one line of research, I have shown that the desire to be objective and avoid bias influences the groups we identify with (Hawkins & Nosek, 2012a) and reduces ingroup favoritism (Hawkins & Nosek, 2012b), but does not interrupt our strong tendency to implicitly stereotype members of other groups (Hawkins & Ratliff, 2015). I also explore perceptions of bias in those around us (e.g., our pet dogs; Hawkins & Vandiver, accepted pending minor revisions), as well as individual difference predictors of bias (Hawkins, Fitzgerald, & Nosek, 2015) and motivations for reducing bias (Hawkins & Nosek, in prep). Finally, I assess the effectiveness of diversity education for reducing bias (Hawkins, Ratliff, & Umansky, in prep).