Area: Personality & Social Contexts
Psychology Office: 3000 East Hall
Psychology Phone: 734-763-0191
I am generally interested in the interface between large-scale social structures and people’s attitudes and beliefs. For example, my current research focuses on urbanization's effects on social attitudes. I have used data from the American National Election Studies and census data to examine the effects of living in urban, suburban, and rural areas on people’s self-reported political ideology. My work suggests that urban-suburban-rural differences in political conservatism may be disappearing in the increasingly diverse America of the 21st century.
My other work has examined intergroup and political attitudes from the perspective of social dominance theory, the relationship between stereotype subscription and judgments of societal fairness, the nature of symbolic racism, and symbolic racism's association with facial memory.
Rabinowitz, J. L., Sears, D. O., Sidanius, J., & Krosnick, J. A. (in press). Why do White Americans oppose race-targeted policies? Clarifying the impact of symbolic racism. Political Psychology.
Rabinowitz, J. L., Wittig, M. A., von Braun, M., Franke, R., & Zander-Music, L. (2005). Understanding the relationship between egalitarianism and affective bias: Avenues to reducing prejudice among adolescents. Journal of Social Issues, 61, 525-545.
Rabinowitz, J. L. (1999). Go with the flow or fight the power? The interactive effects of social dominance orientation and perceived injustice on support for the status quo. Political Psychology, 20, 1-24.