Faculty Associate

Jonathan Kunstman

Jonathan Kunstman, Professor
Department of Psychology

Psychology Bldg, 100

My primary research interests involve understanding the psychological experience of power and motivational approaches to improving intergroup (primarily interracial) interactions from both minority and majority perspectives. Currently my work explores how emphasizing the social rewards and punishments associated with power shapes the high-power experience. My work also tests power’s effect on social cognition (e.g., perspective-taking, dehumanization). I am also exploring how minority group members’ beliefs about Whites’ egalitarian motives (i.e., perceiving Whites as primarily motivated by concerns with appearing prejudiced as opposed to truly egalitarian motives) shapes early aspects of perception (e.g., emotion perception, interpersonal sensitivity). I would love to pursue collaboration with students and faculty interested in power and intergroup relations, please contact me for more information.