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Monica Biernat

Monica Biernat

  • SPN Mentor

I study stereotyping and prejudice, and am particularly interested in how stereotypes guide the judgments we make about others. Highlighting the role of stereotypes as standards, my research examines the "shifting" nature of evidentiary standards (e.g., how much evidence is needed for a woman versus a man to document "competence" in a masculine work setting?), judgment, and behavior toward members of stereotyped groups. Most recently, my graduate students and I have been examining the role of stereotypes in communications about others, and the use of shifting standards in interpreting those communications.

Primary Interests:

  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition


Journal Articles:

  • Biernat, M., Collins, E.C., Katzarska-Miller, I., & Thompson, E. (2009). Race-based shifting standards and racial discriination. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 16-28.
  • Biernat, M., Ma, J. E., & Nario-Redmond, M. R. (2008). Standards to suspect and diagnose stereotypical traits. Social Cognition, 26, 288-313.
  • Collins, E.C., Biernat, M., & Eidelman, S. (2009). Stereotypes in the communication and translation of person impressions. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 368-374.
  • Eidelman, S., & Biernat, M. (2007). Getting more from success: Standard-raising as esteem maintenance. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92, 759-774.

Other Publications:

  • Biernat, M. (2009). Stereotypes and shifting standards. In T. D. Nelson (Eds.), Handbook of prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination (pp. 137-152). New York: Psychology Press.
  • Biernat, M., & Eidelman, S. (2007). Standards. In A. W. Kruglanski & E. T. Higgins (Eds.), Social psychology: Handbook of basic principles (pp. 308-333). New York: Guilford Press.

Courses Taught:

  • Advanced Social Psychology
  • Social Attitudes
  • Social Cognition
  • Social Psychology

Monica Biernat
Department of Psychology
University of Kansas, 426 Fraser Hall
1415 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
United States

  • Phone: (785) 864-9815
  • Fax: (785) 864-5696

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