Research Summary

We apply a critical, social, and cultural analytic lens to the psychological study of racism and other forms of oppression. The primary research agenda investigates the ways in which racism is located in the broader sociocultural context, made up of cultural products that both reflect and promote dynamics of racial inequality and dominant group privilege. In a secondary line of research, we approach interpersonal and intergroup relationships from a cultural-psychological perspective and consider inequitable access to psychological, material, and social resources. Our scholarship integrates basic psychological science with applications to social justice.

Collective Memory, Historical Knowledge, and Perceptions of Social Inequality
  • Adams, G., Salter, P.S., Kurtis, T., Naemi, P. & Estrada-Villalta, S. (2018). Subordinated Knowledge as a Tool for Creative Maladjustment and Resistance to Racial Oppression. Journal of Social Issues, 74, 337-354. Available Here  Special Issue: “Tell It Like It Is: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Call to Behavioral Scientists. 

  • Bonam, C., Nair Das, V., Coleman, B.R., & Salter, P.S. (2018). Ignoring History, Denying Racism: Strengthening Evidence for the Marley Hypothesis and Epistemologies of Ignorance, Social Psychological and Personality Science. Advance Online Publication: Available Here 


  • Salter, P.S.Kelley, N.J., Molina, L.E,. & Thai, L.T. (2017). Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Racial Retrieval Cues Increase the Accessibility of Social Justice Concepts. Memory, 25, 1139-1147. Available Here


  • Salter, P.S. & Adams, G. (2016). On the Intentionality of Cultural Products: Representations of Black History as Psychological Affordances.  Frontiers in Psychology: Cultural Psychology, 7:1166. Available Here 


  • Mukherjee, S., Salter, P. S., & Molina, L. (2015). Museum spaces as psychological affordances: Representations of immigration history and national identity. Frontiers in Psychology: Educational Psychology, 6:692. Available Here 


  • Nelson, J.C., Adams, G., & Salter, P.S. (2013). The Marley hypothesis: Racism denial reflects ignorance of history. Psychological Science, 24, 213-218. Available Here  


Edited Book Volume 

  • Salter, P.S. & Mukherjee, S. (forthcoming/in preparation). History and Collective Memory: Its Role in Shaping National Identities. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science.  


Critical Race Psychology and Critical Perspectives on Oppression 
  • Perez, M.J. & Salter, P.S. (forthcoming). A Critical Race Reading of Collective Victimhood: The Precarious Case of Black Americans. To appear in J.Vollhardt, M. Noor, & S. Mari (Eds.), Social Psychological Perspectives on Collective Victimhood. Oxford University Press 

  • Salter, P.S. & Adams, G. (forthcoming/in production). Provisional Strategies for Decolonizing Consciousness. To appear in F. Blake, P. Ioanide, and A. Reed (Eds.), Antiracism Inc.: Why the Way We Talk About Racial Justice Matters. Santa Barbara, CA: Punctum Books


  • Adams, G. & Salter, P.S. (forthcoming/in production). They (Color) Blinded Me with Science: Counteracting Coloniality of Knowledge in Hegemonic Psychology. In K. Crenshaw, L. Harris, D. HoSang, and G. Lipsitz (Eds), Countering Colorblindness Across the Disciplines. Oakland, CA: University of California Press. 

  • Salter, P.S., Adams, G., & Perez, M.J. (2018). Racism in the structure of everyday worlds: A Cultural-Psychological Perspective. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 27, 150-155. Available Here 


  • Salter, P. S. Haugen, A. (2017). Critical Race Studies in Psychology. In B. Gough (Ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Social Psychology (pp. 123-145). London: Palgrave Macmillan UK. Available Here 


  • Salter, P.S.Hirsch, K. A., Schlegel, R.J., & Thai, L.T. (2016). Who Needs Individual Responsibility? Audience Race and Message Content Influence Third-Party Evaluations of Political Messages. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 7, 29-36. Available Here 


  • Salter, P.S. & Adams, G. (2013). Toward a Critical Race Psychology.  Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 7, 781-793. Available Here  


  • Adams, G., & Salter, P. S. (2011). A critical race psychology is not yet born. Connecticut Law Review, 43, 1355-1377. Special issue: “20th Anniversary of Critical Race Theory” 


Interpersonal and Intergroup Relations in Cultural Context 
  • Haugen, A.D.Rieck, S.M.Salter, P.S., Mukherjee, S., & Perez, M. J. (2018). Theorizing the relationship between identity and diversity engagement: Openness through identity mismatch. In M. Karasawa, M. Yuki, K. Ishii, Y. Uchida, K. Sato, & W. Friedlmeier (Eds.), Venture into Cross-Cultural Psychology: Proceedings from the 23rd Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology. Available Here 


  • Haugen, A. D.Rieck, S. M.Salter, P. S., & Phillips, N. L. (2018). What Makes It Rape? A Lay Theories Approach to Defining Rape Among College Students. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 40, 18-35. Available Here


  • Haugen, A.Salter, P.S., & Phillips, N.L. (2016). “I Know It When I See It”: Recent Victimization and Perceptions of Rape. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 1-22. Advance OnlineFirst: Available Here 


  • Reysen, S., Katzarska-Miller, I., Salter, P. S., & Hirko, C. (2014). Blurring Group Boundaries: The Impact of Subgroup Threats on Global Citizenship. Cultural Encounters, Conflicts, and Resolutions, 1, Iss. 2, Art. 5. Available at: Available Here 


  • Salter, P.S. & Adams, G. (2012). Mother or wife?  An African dilemma tale and the psychological dynamics of sociocultural change. Social Psychology, 43, 232–242. Available Here 


  • Adams, G., Kurtis, T., Salter, P.S., & Anderson, S.L. (2012). A cultural psychology of relationship: Decolonizing science and practice. In O. Gillath, G. Adams, & A.D. Kunkel (Eds.). Relationship science: Integrating across evolutionary, neuroscience, and sociocultural approaches (pp. 49-70). Washington D.C.: American Psychological Association.


  • Adams G., Salter, P. S., Pickett, K. M., Kurtis, T., & Phillips, N. L. (2010). Behavior as mind-in-context: A cultural psychology analysis of "paranoid" suspicion. In L. F. Barrett, B. Mesquita, & E. Smith (Eds.), The mind in context (pp. 277-306). New York: Guilford. 

  • Adams, G. & Salter, P. S. (2007). Health psychology in African settings: A cultural psychological analysis. Journal of Health Psychology, 12, 539-551. Available Here 

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