Feature on Ph.D. Candidate Chagai Weiss’ Research

Chagai Weiss builds on existing theories in political science and psychology to study how people think about members of an ethnic group that is different than them.

Weiss, a PhD candidate in political science at UW–Madison, said that when public institutions such as schools, hospitals, and universities are diverse and more representative of a society’s population, they can be effective in shaping the way a majority group thinks about the outgroup in that society.

“If we really build on social scientific research and understand the underlying mechanisms that psychologists and political scientists have developed – and essentially try to design our institutions in ways that facilitate those mechanisms and processes – then we might be able to shape intergroup relations and reduce prejudice in a scalable, effective, and cost-effective fashion,” Weiss said.

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