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Research Interests

Her research explores the ways in which the social world systematically influences how people understand themselves and their actions with specific focus on how social class, race, ethnicity, and gender shape people's everyday life experiences, as well as important life outcomes such as educational attainment and health.

Education/Academic qualification

Social Psychology, PhD, Stanford University

… → 2009

Social Psychology, MA, Stanford University

… → 2007

Psychology, BA, Williams College

… → 2002

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Grants 2017 2019

working class
social class
middle class

Research Output 1999 2018

Difference Matters: Teaching Students a Contextual Theory of Difference Can Help Them Succeed

Stephens, N., Hamedani, M. Y. G. & Townsend, S. S. M., Jan 1 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Perspectives on Psychological Science.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Social Justice
2 Citations

Should Job Applicants Be Excited or Calm? The Role of Culture and Ideal Affect in Employment Settings

Bencharit, L. Z., Ho, Y. W., Fung, H. H., Yeung, D. Y., Stephens, N., Romero-Canyas, R. & Tsai, J. L., Jul 5 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Emotion.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hong Kong
Internship and Residency
Cultural Diversity

Social-Class Disparities in Higher Education and Professional Workplaces: The Role of Cultural Mismatch

Stephens, N., Townsend, S. S. M. & Dittmann, A. G., Jan 1 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Current Directions in Psychological Science.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Professional Education
Social Class

Award for distinguished scientific early career contributions to psychology: Nicole M. Stephens

Stephens, N., Dec 1 2017, In : American Psychologist. 72, 9, p. 910-912 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Psychological Theory
Social Theory

Choice as an engine of analytic thought

Savani, K., Stephens, N. & Markus, H. R., Sep 1 2017, In : Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 146, 9, p. 1234-1246 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Choice Behavior
Self Report