Jenessa Shapiro

Professor of Management and Organizations


Jenessa Shapiro (1980–2018) held joint appointments at UCLA Anderson and in the UCLA Department of Psychology. Shapiro’s award-winning research focused on modern forms of discrimination that emerge in organizational contexts and how stereotypes can undermine performance. Among her research goals was to understand how prejudice and discrimination manifest in organizations and she developed and tested valuable interventions for the phenomenon of stereotype threat — a distracting concern about the fear of being seen through the lens of a negative stereotype.

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3 Articles

Silhouette of female smoker Research Brief / Behavioral Decision Making

Shaming Smokers Actually Increases Their Urge to Light Up

Being stigmatized by stereotype feeds anxiety and depletes self-control

Female speaker Feature / Bias

Whites’ Efforts to Appear Non-Racist Can Backfire

A listening-and-learning approach is more welcome than professing color-blindness

Raised fists with one in red Research Brief / Bias

How to Encourage the Discriminated-Against to Band Together

Membership in a stigmatized group doesn’t predispose acceptance of other stigmatized groups