Drexler James, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He is also an affiliate faculty member of the Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center at UMN. Drexler is the primary investigator of the Health, Intersectionality, Essentialism, & Stigma research team. He received his Ph.D. in Social & Personality Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he also minored in Community Health Research. He completed his undergraduate studies in Psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Drexler is a Health Equity and Disparities scholar who examines the social and psychological determinants of health among minoritized groups, particularly African American adults and men of color who have sex with men. Drexler also has interests in studying the health and social consequences of biological race essentialism.
Alicia Bowling started as a PhD student in the Social Psychology program in 2023 after receiving her B.A. in Psychology in 2017 from Smith College. Alicia’s research interests include political psychology and intergroup relations in the context of prejudice, collective action, and prosocial behavior. She is also interested in applications of intersectionality theory in the study of identity, attitudes, and behavior.
Kaavya Iyer, is a Ph.D. student in the social psychology program. She is interested in understanding the lived experiences of racial and sexual minority group individuals, especially related to internalized stigma, and the impact of accepting the status quo on health and social outcomes. Altogether, she is interested in understanding the complex relationship between social hierarchy and inequality, as well as developing interventions to address said issues.
Yilin (Evelyn) Wang, graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in 2023 and is currenelt an MSW student at The Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.