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.
Yilin (Evelyn) Wang, is a senior undergraduate student majoring in Psychology (B.A), and Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Justice (B.A.), with a minor in Learning Technologies. Related to her upbringing and personal experiences, Yilin is passionate about exploring the antecedents of homophobia and heterosexism, which led her to become a member of the HIES Research Team. Yilin's educational interests lie in exploring social justice issues among minoritized groups. Yilin plans to get a master's degree in Social Work, and ultimately a Ph.D. in Social Work or Social Psychology post-graduation. Her career goal is to become a social worker who empowers sexually minorized people, thereby reducing disparities.