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Krystal Perkins

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Research Interests

I am interested in the ways in which members of non-dominant groups in society (e.g., minorities, immigrants) form, manage, and negotiate their identity in relation to other groups (e.g., dominant groups, Americans). My research also considers how high and low-status groups think about each other and negotiate intergroup interactions. In particular, I explore these topics in my lab (Collective Identity and Intergroup Relations Lab):

  • The extent to which self/group-views correspond to the perceptions of others (e.g., reflected appraisal) in low-status groups
  • Interracial interactions and executive functioning
  • Variations in speech accents and social evaluations
  • Discourse analysis of race talk, immigration, and national identity
  • Pedagogy and intercultural exchange

Representative Courses

  • Psychology of Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination 
  • Social Cognition 
  • Psychology of Stigma 
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology 
  • Qualitative Methods and Lab
  • Health Disparities
  • First Year Experience

Publications

Selected Publications:

Perkins, K., Kurtiş, T., & Velazquez, L. (Revision Submitted). What it means to be “one of us”: Discourses of national identity in the United States. 

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.

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. (2017) Reflected appraisal theory. 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. The integration of “bottom-up” approaches to race talk for the future of discourse analytic research (2016). Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 10, 329-336.

Presentations / Conferences

Selected Presentations: 

Perkins, K., Kurtiş, T., & Velazquez, L. (2019). What it means to be “one of us”: Discourses of national identity in the United States. To be presented at the Society for Qualitative Inquiry Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Doherty, J. K. & Perkins, K. (2019). Anti-Christian Interaction Effects on Anxiety, Physiology, and Executive Functioning. To be presented at The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Conference, San Diego, California, USA.

Doherty, J. K. & Perkins, K. (2019). Effects of Anti-Christian Interactions on Anxiety, Physiological Processes, and Executive Functioning. Presented at The Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (Div. 36), Bowling Green, Ohio, USA.

Perkins, K. (2019). What it means to be “one of us”: Discourses of national identity in the United States. Presented at the Faculty Colloquium, Purchase College, SUNY, Purchase, New York, USA.

Flusberg, S. Toskos, Dils, A., & Perkins, K. (2018). Folk Economic Beliefs Moderate the Effects of Majority Group Threat (2018). Presented at the Cognitive Science Annual Conference, Madison Wisconsin, USA.

Perkins, K. The Psychological Contributions to Climate Change (2018). Presented at the University of Sonora. Hermosillo, Mexico.

Grigas, P..,** & Perkins, K. Cognitive Depletion After Racially Stressful Interactions: The Role of Internalized Racism (2018). Presented at the SUNY Student Undergraduate Research Conference, Oneonta, New York, USA.

Perkins, K., Kurtiş, T., & Velazquez, L. (2018). Discursive Framings of Immigrants and Immigration and the Ideological Consequences for Questions of National Identity and Multiculturalism. Presented at the City University of New York, New York, New York, USA.

Perkins, K. (2018). Discourse Analysis. Presented at the Making Interpretation: A Series of Qualitative Data Analysis Workshops. Presented at the City University of New York, New York, New York, USA.

Perkins, K. (2017). The integration of ‘bottom-up’ approaches to the analysis of race talk for the future of discourse analytic Research.  Presented at the International Society of Theoretical Psychology, Tokyo, Japan. 

Perkins, K. Toskos, A., & Flusberg, S. (2017). The perceived threat of demographic shifts depends on how you think the economy works. Presented at the International Society of Political Psychology’s Annual Meeting, Edinburgh, Scotland. 

Grigas, P. & Perkins, K. (2017). Collective self-esteem and feelings of belonging and mattering in the United States among first-and second-generation Latino immigrants. Presented at the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. 

Perkins, K. Toskos, A., & Flusberg, S. (2017). The perceived threat of demographic shifts depends on how you think the economy works. Presented at the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. 

Perkins, K. & Renteria, L. (2017). Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) as an approach to broadening the scope of the psychology classroom. Presented at the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.