Recent and Selected Publications

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Major, B., Blodorn, A., Blascovich, G. M. (2016). The threat of increasing diversity: Why many White Americans support Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations. Link

Dover, T., Kaiser, C.R. & Major, B. (2016). Diversity policies don’t make organizations fairer and they threaten white men.  Harvard Business Review. 4 January 2016. Link

Dover, T., Major, B., & Kaiser, C.R. (2016).  Members of high-status groups are threatened by pro-diversity organizational messages. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 62, 58-67. doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2015.10.006 PDF

Blodorn, A., Major, B., Hunger, J.M. & Miller, C.T. (2016). Unpacking the psychological weight of weight stigma: A rejection-expectation pathway. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 63, 69-76. doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2015.12.003 PDF

Major, B., Kunstman, J., Sawyer, P., Townsend, S. & Mendes, W. B. (2016). Suspicion of motives predicts minorities’ responses to positive feedback in interracial interactions. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology,62, 75-88. doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2015.10.007 PDF

Dover, T. L., Major, B., Kunstman, J. W., & Sawyer, P. J. (2015). Does unfairness feel different if it can be linked to group membership? Cognitive, affective, behavioral and physiological implications of discrimination and unfairness. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology56, 96-103. doi: 10.1016/j.jesp.2014.09.003 PDF

Hunger, J.M., Major, B., Blodorn, A. & Miller, C. (2015). Weighed down by stigma: How weight-based social identity threat contributes to weight gain and poor health. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 9, 255-268. doi: 10.1111/spc3.12172 PDF

Hunger, J.M. & Major, B. (2015). Weight stigma mediates the association between BMI and self-reported health. Health Psychology, 34, 172-175. doi: 10.1037/hea0000106 PDF

Dover, T., Major, B. & Kaiser, C. R. (2014). Diversity initiatives, status, and system-justifying beliefs: When and how diversity efforts de-legitimize discrimination claims. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 17, 485-493. doi: 10.1177/1368430213502560 PDF

Major, B., Hunger, J.M., Bunyan, D., & Miller, C.T. (2014). The ironic effects of weight stigma. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 51, 74-80. PDF

Kaiser, C.R., Major, B., Jurcevic, I., Dover, T., Brady, L.M., & Shapiro, J.R. (2013). Presumed fair: Ironic effects of organizational diversity structures. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 104 504-519. PDF

Major, B., Mendes, W.B. & Dovidio, J. (2013). Intergroup relations and health disparities: A social psychological perspective.  Health Psychology, 32, 514–524. doi: 10.1037/a0030358 PDF

Major, B., Mendes, W.B., & Dovidio, J. (2013). Intergroup relations and health disparities: A social psychological perspective. Health Psychology, 32, 514-524. PDF

Major, B., Sawyer, P.J., & Kunstman, J.W. (2013) Minority perceptions of Whites' motives for responding without prejudice: The perceived internal and external motivation to avoid prejudice scales. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39, 401-414. PDF

Sawyer, P.J., Major, B., Casad, B., Townsend, SSM, & Mendes, WB. (2012). Discrimination and the stress response: Psychological and physiological consequences of anticipating prejudice in interracial interactions.  American Journal of Public Health, 102, 1020-1026. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300620 PDF

Major, B., Eliezer, D. & Rieck, H. (2012). The psychological weight of weight stigma.  Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3, 651-658. PDF

O’Brien, L.T., Major, B. & Simon, S. (2012).  Why did you choose that person over me? Ingroup rejection and attributions to discrimination. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 1225-1233. PDF

Townsend, S.S.M., Major, B., Gangi, C. E. & Mendes W.B. (2011). From “in the air” to “under the skin”: Cortisol responses to social identity threat. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 151-164. PDF

Townsend, S.S.M., Major, B., Sawyer, P.J. & Mendes, W.B. (2010). Can the absence of prejudice be more threatening than its presence?  It depends on one’s worldview. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 99, 933-947. doi: 10.1037/a0020434 PDF

Major, B. & Eliezer, D. (2010). Attributions to discrimination as a self-protective strategy: Evaluating the evidence. In C. Sedikides & M. Alicke (Eds.) Handbook of self-enhancement and self-protection. Guilford. PDF

Eliezer, D., Major, B. & Mendes, W.B. (2010). The costs of caring: Gender identification increases threat following exposure to sexism. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 159-165. PDF

Major, B., Appelbaum, M., Beckman, L., Dutton, M.A., Russo, N. F. & West, C. (2009). Abortion and mental health: Evaluating the evidence.  American Psychologist, 64, 863-890. doi: 10.1037/a0017497 PDF

Major, B., Appelbaum, M., Beckman, L., Dutton, M. A., Russo, N. F., & West, C. (2009). Abortion and mental health: Evaluating the evidence. American Psychologist, 64, 863–890. PDF

American Psychological Association, Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion. (2008). Report of the Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion. Washington, DC: Author. PDF

Mendes, W. B., Major, B., McCoy, S., & Blascovich, J. (2008). How attributional ambiguity shapes physiological and emotional responses to social rejection and acceptance. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 94, 278-291. PDF

O'Brien, L., Kinias, Z., & Major, B. (2008). How status and stereotypes impact attributions to discrimination: The stereotype-asymmery hypothesis. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 405-412. PDF

McCoy, S. K. & Major, B. (2007). Priming meritocracy and the psychological justification of inequality. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 43, 341-351. doi: 10.1016/j.jesp.2006.04.009 PDF

Major, B., Kaiser, C.R, O’Brien, L. & McCoy, S. (2007). Perceived discrimination as worldview threat or worldview confirmation: Implications for self-esteem. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92, 1068-1086. doi: 10.1037/0022-3514.92.6.1068 PDF

Major, B., Kaiser, C. R., O'Brien, L. T., & McCoy, S. K. (2007). Perceived discrimination as worldview threat or worldview confirmation: Implications for self-esteem. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92, 1068-1086. PDF

McCoy, S. K., & Major, B. (2007). Priming meritocracy and the psychological justification of inequality. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 43, 341-351. PDF

Kaiser, C.R., Vick, S.B., & Major, B. (2006). Prejudice expectations moderate preconscious attention to social identity threatening cues. Psychological Science, 17, 332-338. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9280.2006.01707.x PDF

Major, B., & O'Brien, L. T. (2005). The social psychology of stigma. Annual Review of Psychology, 56, 393-421. PDF

Crocker, J. & Major, B. (2003). The self-protective properties of stigma: Evolution of a modern classic. Psychological Inquiry, 14, 232-237. PDF

Major, B., McCoy, S. K., Kaiser, C.R., & Quinton, W.J. (2003). Prejudice and self esteem: A transactional model. European Review of Social Psychology, 14, 77-104. PDF

McCoy, S. K., & Major, B. (2003). Group identification moderates emotional responses to perceived prejudice. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 29, 1005-1017. PDF

Major, B., Quinton, W. J., & McCoy, S. K. (2002). Antecedents and consequences of attributions to discrimination: Theoretical and empirical advances. In M.P. Zanna (Ed.), Advances in Experimental Social Psychology (Vol.34), pp. 251-330. US: Academic Press. PDF

Mendes, W.B., Blascovich, J., Major, B., & Seery, M. (2001). Challenge and threat responses during downward and upward social comparisons. European Journal of Social Psychology, 31, 477-497. PDF

Major, B., Spencer, S., Schmader, T., Wolfe, C., & Crocker, J. (1998). Coping with negative stereotypes about intellectual performance: The role of psychological disengagement. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 24, 34-50. PDF

Crocker, J. & Major, B. (1989). Social stigma and self-esteem: The self-protective properties of stigma. Psychological Review, 96, 608-630. PDF

Deaux, K., & Major, B. (1987). Putting gender into context: An interactive model of gender-related behavior. Psychological Review, 94, 369–389. PDF

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