Samuel L. Gaertner
Ph.D., The City University of New York: Graduate Center, 1970
Department of Psychology
Phone: Office (302) 831-2268: Lab 831-4581:
Office: Room 224F Wolf Hall
Dr. Gaertner's research is concerned with intergroup relations, and in
particular how intergroup bias and conflict can be reduced. His current
laboratory and field work explores the possibility that inducing the members
of two groups to conceive of themselves as a single, more inclusive social
entity will harness cognitive and motivational processes that encourage
more harmonious intergroup relations. He is currently examining this perspective
in intergroup contexts such as corporate mergers, blended families, and
desegregated schools. Dr. Gaertner is also studying racism among "Well-intentioned"
people to reveal how their racial attitudes are expressed in subtle, indirect
and rationalizable ways. This work won the Gordon Allport intergroup relations
prize and his current research is attempting to learn if such subtle forms
of racism can be eliminated by inducing an enhanced sense of partnership
or common ingroup identity during interracial interactions.
For more information see the Intergroup
Relations Lab Homepage.
Gaertner, S. L., & Dovidio, J. F. (1986). The aversive form of racism.
In J. F. Dovidio & S. L. Gaertner (Eds.),
and Racism. Orlando, FL: Academic Press.
Gaertner, S. L., Mann, J., Murrell, A., & Dovidio, J. F. (1989). Reducing
intergroup bias: The benefits of recategorization.
Journal of Personality
and Social Psychology, 57(2), 239-249.
Gaertner, S. L., Mann, J. A., Dovidio, J. F., Murrell, A. J., & Pomare,
M. (1990). How does cooperation reduce intergroup bias? Journal of Personality
and Social Psychology, 59, 692-704.
Gaertner, S. L., Dovidio, J. F., Anastasio, P. A., Bachman, B. A., &
Rust, M. C. (1993). The common ingroup identity model: Recategorization
and the reduction of intergroup bias. In W. Stroebe & M. Hewstone (Eds.),
European Review of social Psychology, Vol. 4, pp. 1-26.
Gaertner, S. L., Rust, M. C., Dovidio, J. F., Bachman, B. A., & Anastasio,
P. A. (1996). The contact hypothesis: The role of a common ingroup identity
on reducing intergroup bias among majority and minority group members.
In J. L. Nye and A. M. Brower (Eds.), What's social about social cognition?
(pp. 230-360). Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.
Gaertner, S. L., Dovidio, J. F., & Bachman, B. A. (1996). Revisiting
the contact hypothesis: The induction of a common ingroup identity. International
Journal of Intercultural Relations, 20 (3 & 4), 271-290. Special
Issue: International Congress on Prejudice, Discrimination and Conflict,
Gaertner, S. L., Dovidio, J. F., Banker, B., Rust, M. C., Nier, J., &
Ward, C. (1997). Does pro-whiteness necessarily mean anti-blackness? In
. Fine, L. Powell, L. Weis, and M. Wong (Eds.), Off White, Routledge.
Mottola, G. R., Bachman, B. A., Gaertner, S. L., & Dovidio, J. F. (1997).
How groups merge: The effects of merger integration patterns on expectations
of organizational commitment. Journal of Applied Social Psychology,
Dovidio, J. F., Gaertner, S. L., Validzic, A., Matoka, K., Johnson, B.,
& Taylor, S. (1997). Extending the benefits of re-categorization: Evaluations,
self-disclosure and helping. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology,
Dovidio, J. F., Gaertner, S. L., & Validzic, A. (1998). Intergroup
bias: Status, differentiation, and a Common In-Group Identity. Journal
of Personality and Social Psychology,
Banker, B. S., & Gaertner, S. L. (1998, September). Achieving stepfamily
harmony: An intergroup relations approach. Journal of Family Psychology.