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 Professor of Psychology
 Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1998
Can Whites and Blacks Interact Without Prejudice?
T: 609.258.2467
E: nshelton@princeton.edu

PSH 520 Peretsman-Scully Hall
Psychology Department
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08540

The focus of my research is on understanding prejudice and discrimination from the target's perspective. In one line of research, I examine social interactions between Whites and ethnic minorities. Here I explore how interpersonal concerns about issues of prejudice (i.e., concerns with appearing prejudiced and concerns with being rejected) influence the dynamics of intergroup contact. Additionally, I've been exploring personality and situational factors that influence the development and maintenance of cross-racial friendships. In the second line of research, I've been studying issues related to targets' detection of and responses to prejudice and discrimination. Here I've been examining situational and personality factors that influence the extent to which ethnic minorities and women will make attributions to discrimination and confront perpetrators of prejudice. Additionally, I've been examining the personal and social costs of confronting and not confronting perpetrators of prejudice.