People

Stephen Benard

Stephen Benard
Lab Director

My research focuses on understanding how micro and macro-level processes jointly shape patterns of conflict and inequality. In my work on conflict, I am currently examining: (1) how intergroup conflict shapes intragroup relations, (2) how reputation systems organize competition, aggression and social status, and (3) how emotions and power affect third party intervention in conflict. My current projects on inequality include (1) how organizational cultures that emphasize meritocracy can unintentionally increase bias and (2) how stereotypes about race, gender, and income shape hiring and promotion decisions. For more details, please feel free to visit my webpage.

Bianca Manago

Bianca Manago
Assistant Lab Director Emeritus

I am currently earning a PhD in sociology and MS in statistics at IU. Broadly, I am interested in social psychology, group processes, medical sociology, and methods. For more information, please visit my webpage.

Kristin Kelley

Kristin Kelley
Assistant Lab Director

I am currently earning a PhD in sociology at IU. I am broadly interested in the sociology of gender and families from a social psychological perspective.

Elizabeth Zack

Elizabeth Zack
Graduate Student

I am currently earning a PhD in sociology at Indiana University. I am interested in social psychology, self and identity, race and ethnicity, and political sociology. For more information, please visit my departmental webpage.

Annie Russian

Annie Russian
Graduate Student

I am currently earning a PhD in Sociology at IU. My research interests broadly include gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, and social psychology.

Nick Smith

Nick Smith
Graduate Student

My research interests are in the areas of social psychology and medical sociology. More specifically, my interests include stress, implicit bias, mental health and illness, and stigma and status loss.

Hayley Hollenberg

Hayley Hollenberg
Undergraduate Lab Manager

I am a junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology, with hopes of someday working in the administration of a university. I'm interested in many things within my fields of study, but my key interest lies in education and how to make it beneficial to every type of student. When I'm not in the lab, you can find me studying in local coffee shops while sipping on peppermint mochas, jamming to country music, or giving campus tours to prospective students.

Tyler Strunk

Tyler Strunk
Research Assistant

I am a junior majoring in Sociology and Political Science with a minor in Spanish. My interests include legal studies, social inequality, and family interactions. After earning my bachelors degree, I plan on attending Graduate school. When I'm not in the lab you can find me at the gym, sleeping in my hammock around campus, playing guitar, or working in the Indiana Memorial Union.