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Krystal Perkins

Associate Professor of Psychology

Research Interests

I am a social psychologist by training with a background in classic and critical theories as well as quantitative and qualitative methods. I teach in the psychology department and am a contributing faculty member in the interdisciplinary program of Global Black Studies. In various projects, I have been interested in the ways in which members of non-dominant groups in society form, manage, and negotiate their (ethnic, racial, national) identity in relation to other groups (e.g., Americans)-and the conditions under which critical consciousness can be documented. My research also considers how high and low-status groups negotiate intergroup interactions and construct ideologies of diversity, multiculturalism, and nationhood. The newest aspect of my research program sits at the intersection of psychology and critical environmental justice.

Representative Courses

  • Psychology of Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination
  • Psychology of Stigma 
  • Cultural Psychology 
  • Health Disparities in America: Poverty, Race, and Medical Care
  • Qualitative Methods and Lab
  • Research Methods 2
  • Senior Seminar 


Selected Publications:

**Abi-Ghannam, G., Perkins, K., & Fine, M. (2022). The comrade on the crossroads of scholarship and struggle: Troubling the fleeting presence/absences of Franz Fanon in Social and Political Psychology (under review).

**Windel, F., **Than, N., Perkins, K., & Rodriguez, M. (2022). #Hanau: German-Speaking Twitter’s reckoning with racism after two White nationalist shootings (under review).

Perkins, K., Kurtiş, T. & Velazquez, L. (2022). Progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals: Insights from the Global South (in press).

Munguia, N., Romero, A., Anaya-Eredias, C., Perkins, K., & Velazquez, L. (2022). Global warming in the minds of Mexican higher education students: an exploratory study. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education  (in press).

Perkins, K. & Balaram, A., Editors. (2021). “Critical studies/perspectives on migration and the migrant experience” Special Issue of Societies.

Perkins, K., Velazquez, L., & Munguia, N. (2021). Editorial: The impact of COVID-19 on sustainable consumption. Frontiers in Sustainability.

Perkins, K., Velazquez, L., & Munguia, N. (2021). Reflections on sustainable consumption in the context of COVID-19. Frontiers in Sustainability.

Perkins, K., Velazquez, L., & Munguia, N. Editors. (2021). “The impact of COVID-19 on sustainable consumption” Special Issue of Frontiers in Sustainability.

Giannetti, B., Velazquez, L., Perkins, K., Trillos-Ortiz, M. Anaya, C., Agostino, F., Almeida, C.M, Alves-Pinto, M., & Munguia, N. (2021). Individual-level characteristics of environmental sustainability among students in a higher education institution: the role of happiness and academic performance. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Perkins, K., *Toskos Dils, A., & Flusberg, S. (2020). The perceived threat of demographic shifts depends on how you think the economy works. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 25(1), 227-246.

**Windel, F., ** Balaram, A., & Perkins, K. (2020). Discourses of the Willkommenskultur (Welcoming Culture) in Germany. Critical Discourse Studies, 19 (1), 93-116.

Munguia, N., Perkins, K., Romero, A., Rios, C., & Velazquez, L. (2020). Beliefs and concerns about global warming among higher education students. In W.L. Filho (eds), Handbook of Climate Change Management. Springer Nature.

**Yoong, D. & Perkins, K. (2020). Flowing between the personal and collective: Being human beyond categories of study. Societies, 10 (4), 94-107.

Perkins, K., Munguia, N., Ellenbecker, M., Moure-Eraso, R., Velazquez, L. (2020). COVID-19 pandemic lessons to facilitate future engagement in the global climate crisis. Journal of Cleaner Production, Nov 17:125178.

Perkins, K., Kurtiş, T., & Velazquez, L. (2020). What it means to be “one of us”: Discourses of national identity in the United States. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 87, 43-52.

Steele, G. L. & Perkins, K. (2019). The effects of perceived neighborhood immigrant population size on preferences for redistribution in New York City: A pilot study. Frontiers in Sociology, 4:18 doi: 10.3389/fsoc.

Perkins, K., **Chan-Frazier, M., & Roland, **Y (2019). Discursive constructions of race talk among Black men and women living in the United States. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 42(7), 1-19.

Perkins, K., Slim, D., & Velazquez, L. (2019). Sustainable literacy. In W. Leal Filho (eds.). Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education. Springer, New York.

Steele, G. L. & Perkins, K. (2018). The effects of perceived neighborhood diversity on preferences for redistribution: A pilot study. Societies, 8(3), 82-106.

Perkins, K., Munguia, N., Gianneti, B., Delakowitz, B., Gengyuan, L., Moure-Eraso, R., & Velazquez, L.(2018). International perspectives on the pedagogy of climate change. Journal of Cleaner Production, 200, 1043-1052.

Flusberg, S. Toskos, Dils, A., & Perkins, K. (2018). Folk economic beliefs moderate the effects of majority group threat. Proceedings of the 40th annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Madison, WI.

Velazquez, L., Perkins, K., Munguia, N., & Slim, D. (2018). A COIL-enhanced course on international perspectives of climate change. In Ulisses M Azeiteiro, Walter Leal Filho and Luisa Aires (eds.), Distance Learning and Climate Literacy and Innovations in Climate Change Education in Higher Education Institutions.

Perkins K., & Kurtiş, T. (Co-Editors) (2017). Social Psychology Subsection. Appears in Turner, B., Kivisto, P., Outhwaite, W., Kyung-Sup, C., Epstein, C. and Ryan, J.M. (Eds.). The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory. London, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. 

Perkins, K. (2016). The integration of “bottom-up” approaches to race talk for the future of discourse analytic research. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 10, 329-336.

**Denotes student contribution; *The first 2 authors contributed equally to this work