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COMM Speaker Series: Dr. Felicia Pratto

Join us for the Department of Communication Speakers Series lecturer, Dr. Felicia Pratto for her talk: "Over-Attending and Under-Attending to Race and Gender: Experiments on Norms About Social Categories and Communication"

The Communication Speaker Series presents Dr. Felicia Pratto from UConn's Department of Psychological Sciences. Her talk will take place on Thursday, October 10th at 12:30-1:45 p.m. in Arjona 225.

Felicia Pratto earned her BS in Psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1983. She was in the
social/personality program at NYU from 1984-1988 where she earned her MA and PhD by studying automatic
processes, especially those relevant to self-conceptions and person perception. On unpaid post-docs she
continued to examine automatic attention biases (UC Berkeley), and expanded her research on social bias to
address group-based inequality (UCLA). She served on the faculty at the Psychology Department of Stanford
University from 1990 to 1997, and began in the University of Connecticut Psychology Department in January,
1998. In addition to research on social cognition, she co-authored social dominance theory with Jim Sidanius
(e.g., Sidanius & Pratto, 1999) and has since branched into more areas of political psychology. She recently coauthored
Power Basis Theory. She has served as member of Executive Committees, and Program Chair for the
Society of Experimental Social Psychology and the International Society for Political Psychology, and in other
capacities, the latter of which she is now the president elect.


Prof. Shardé Davis receives AAUW Fellowship

Assistant Professor of Communication Shardé Davis is the 2018-19 recipient of the American Fellowship for Postdoctoral Research Leave awarded by the American Association for University Women (AAUW). The primary purpose of the Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship is to increase the number of women in tenure-track faculty positions and to promote equality for women in higher education. This fellowship is designed to assist the candidate in obtaining tenure and further promotions by enabling her to spend a year pursuing independent research.