Kraus' research focuses on the beliefs, behaviors, and emotional states that maintain and perpetuate societal inequity. Overarching themes in Kraus' writings include why people use power unethically, why everyday Americans overestimate racial inequality in society, and how people can resist psychological tendencies to downplay and dismiss societal racism. Kraus has consulted with local and national political activists and leaders in efforts to bring research expertise to grassroots efforts promoting greater societal equity.
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Uses data to help CT residents to be more accurate about estimates of the Black-White wealth inequality and the causes of this inequality.
Provides evidence showing why and how Americans tend to overestimate racial progress in society. Considers the psychology underlying this collective ignorance.
Finds that subtle vocal cues bias hiring decisions against low socioeconomic status job applicants. Examines how the tendency to accurately perceive the social class position of targets, by virtue of listening to their brief speech, can constrain economic mobility and perpetuate inequality.