Grounded Theory of Structural Racism & Poverty

Project Leadership

Equity Center: Sophie Trawalter, Michele Claibourn, Sherica Jones-Lewis, Don Gathers
University Partners: Jazmin Brown-Iannuzzi, Noelle Hurd, Timothy D. Wilson
Community Partners: Network2Work

Overview: The Grounded Theory of Structural Racism and Poverty initiative aims to develop and disseminate new theoretical contributions to community-engagement scholarship. This contribution will improve the understanding of how to measure the impact that structural racism and poverty have on outcomes, in an effort to disrupt these destructive forces in society. The Equity Center aims to obtain sponsorship for and conduct research designed to increase knowledge of how social factors drive societal inequities in population health, education, safety, and wealth outcomes that are poorly explained. We will disseminate innovative research about racism and poverty that will enhance interdisciplinary community-engaged scholarship at UVA and beyond. Our faculty will also share the theory and methodology of community-engaged scholarship with UVA students.


Kyshia Henderson, Samuel Powers, Michele Claibourn, Jazmin L. Brown-Iannuzzi, Sophie Trawalter, "Confederate monuments and the history of lynching in the American South: An empirical examination," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Oct 2021, 118 (42) e2103519118; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2103519118

Driskell, Sara, and Sophie Trawalter. “Race, architecture, and belonging: Divergent perceptions of antebellum architecture.” Collabra: Psychology7, no. 1 (2021).

Hurd, Noelle M., Sophie Trawalter, Alexander Jakubow, Haley E. Johnson, and Janelle T. Billingsley. “Online racial discrimination and the role of white bystanders.” American Psychologist(2021).

Trawalter, Sophie, Kelly Hoffman, and Lindsay Palmer. “Out of place: Socioeconomic status, use of public space, and belonging in higher education.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 120, no. 1 (2021): 131.

Trawalter, Sophie, Jennifer Doleac, Lindsay Palmer, Kelly Hoffman, and Adrienne Carter-Sowell. “Women’s Safety Concerns and Academia: How Safety Concerns Can Create Opportunity Gaps.” Social Psychological and Personality Sciences. In press.

Henderson, K., Powers, S., Claibourn, M., Brown-Iannuzzi, J., & Trawalter, S. "Confederate Monuments and the History of Lynching in the American South: An Empirical Examination." Accepted at Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Trawalter, S., Habib, N.-B., & Druckman, J. "Racial Bias in Perceptions of Disease and Policy." Manuscript invited for resubmission.