Episode 90: How Prejudice Works with Jack Dovidio

Jack Dovidio‘s work is at the heart of how we currently understand the psychology of prejudice. He’s spent his career considering where prejudice comes from, how people express it, how it biases people’s judgments and behaviors, and what we could do to address it. He’s an emeritus professor at Yale University, and he’s also just a really pleasant guy to talk to. In our conversation, we cover his early days as a social psychologist studying when people will help each other out, his research on “aversive racism,” and his work studying the effects of racial bias in medical treatment.

The new book out by Jack, Lou Penner, and others is: “Unequal Health: Anti-Black Racism and the Threat to America’s Health”

Things that come up in the intro:

  • Gordon Allport’s “The Nature of Prejudice
  • Polling over time on interracial marriage (Gallup) and racial progress (Pew)
  • Economists sell baseball cards on eBay to learn about racism (Ayres et al., 2015)
  • A retrospective on The Nature of Prejudice (Dovidio et al., 2005)


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