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Paul G. Davies

Paul G. Davies

After completing his Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of Waterloo, Davies accepted a Postdoctoral Fellowship with Claude Steele at Stanford University. In 2003, Davies started as an Assistant Professor of Social Psychology at UCLA. He then joined the psychology faculty at the University of British Columbia in 2007 as an Assistant Professor, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011. He has been named to the Teaching Honour Roll every year while at UBC, and in May 2012 was awarded the 2011/2012 University of British Columbia Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation. The focus of his research is intergroup relations; specifically, stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination. One program of research examines diverse forms of social identity threat, and a second examines how perceived stereotypicality can influence the levels of prejudice and discrimination that target stigmatized individuals. The majority of Professor Davies' research is applied to business and law enforcement contexts.

Primary Interests:

  • Intergroup Relations
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Person Perception
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Social Cognition

Journal Articles:

  • Davies, P. G., Spencer, S. J., Quinn, D. M., & Gerhardstein, R. (2002). Consuming images: How television commercials that elicit stereotype threat can restrain women academically and professionally. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
  • Davies, P. G., Spencer, S. J., & Steele, C. M. (2005). Clearing the air: Identity safety moderates the effects of stereotype threat on women’s leadership aspirations. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
  • Davies, P. G., Steele, C. M., & Markus, H. R. (2008). A nation challenged: The impact of foreign threats on America’s tolerance for diversity. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
  • Eberhardt, J. L., Davies, P. G., Purdie-Vaughns, V. J., & Johnson, S. L. (2006). The look of death: Perceived stereotypicality of black defendants predicts sentencing outcomes. Psychological Science.
  • Kunda, Z., Davies, P. G., Adams, B., & Spencer, S. J. (2002). The dynamic time course of stereotype activation: Activation, dissipation, and resurrection. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Courses Taught:

  • Graduate Research Methods in Social Psychology
  • Graduate Research Topics in Social Psychology: Intergroup Relations
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Research Methods in Social Psychology
  • Social Psychology

Paul G. Davies
Department of Psychology
University of British Columbia
Art 322, 3333 University Way
Kelowna, British Columbia V1V 1V7

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