David Sparkman

Short description

Ph.D., social and diversity psychologist, Assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, United States.

Places of work

Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire (Eau Claire, WI, U.S.).

Head of the Diversity, Prejudice, and Intergroup Relations (DPIR) Lab.

Member of the Society for Social and Personality Psychologists (SPSP), Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), and the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP).

Received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Arkansas (2018).

Summary of research

Diversity, prejudice, and intergroup relations; multicultural experiences; intergroup contact; intergroup perspective taking; colorblindness and multiculturalism; political ideology; identification with all humanity

Research interests

The core of my research is in the area of diversity, prejudice, and intergroup relations. I’m particularly interested in ways to mitigate intergroup bias and capitalize on the benefits of racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity. In my research, I examine the effects of multicultural experiences, intergroup contact, intergroup perspective taking, and multicultural vs. colorblind approaches to diversity on various cognitive, motivational, and ideological outcomes. Importantly, these outcomes are often informative mechanisms that help explain how prejudice is reduced in the individual and (potentially) society.

I also have secondary research interests that examine how various personality factors (particularly Openness to Experience) and political ideology (liberalism vs. conservatism) are related to diversity, prejudice, and intergroup relations.



Selected publications:

Blanchar, J. C., & Sparkman, D. J. (2020). Individual differences in miserly thinking predict endorsement of racial/ethnic stereotypes. Social Cognition, 38, 405–421. https://doi.org/10.1521/soco.2020.38.5.405

Sparkman, D. J. (2020). Multicultural experiences and the secondary transfer effect of intercultural attitudes. Social Psychology, 51, 267–283. https://doi.org/10.1027/1864-9335/a000414

Sparkman, D., & Hamer, K. (2020). Seeing the Human in Everyone: Multicultural Experiences Predict More Positive Intergroup Attitudes and Humanitarian Helping through Identification with All Humanity. International Journal of Intercultural Relations. 79, 121-134. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijintrel.2020.08.007

Sparkman, D. J., Eidelman, S, & Till, D. F. (2019). Ingroup and outgroup interconnectedness predict and promote political ideology through empathy. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 22(8), 1161-1180. https://doi.org/10.1177/1368430218819794

Sparkman, D. J., Eidelman, S., Dueweke, A. R., Marin, M. S., & Dominguez, B. (2019). Open to diversity: Openness to Experience predicts multiculturalism and colorblindness through perspective taking. Journal of Individual Differences, 40, 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1027/1614-0001/a000270

Sparkman, D. J., & Eidelman, S. (2018). We are the “human family:” Multicultural experiences predict less prejudice and greater concern for human rights through identification with humanity. Social Psychology, 49, 135-153. https://doi.org/10.1027/1864-9335/a000337

Sparkman, D. J., & Blanchar, J. C. (2017). Examining relationships among epistemic motivation, perspective taking, and prejudice: A test of two explanatory models. Personality and Individual Differences, 114, 48-56. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2017.03.049

Sparkman, D. J., Eidelman, S., & Blanchar, J. C. (2017). Multicultural experiences reduce prejudice through personality shifts in Openness to Experience. European Journal of Social Psychology, 46, 840-853. https://doi.org/10.1002/ejsp.2189

Sparkman, D. J., & Eidelman, S. (2016). “Putting myself in their shoes”: Ethnic perspective taking explains liberal-conservative differences in prejudice and stereotyping. Personality and Individual Differences, 98, 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2016.03.095

Conference & presentations

Sparkman, D., & Hamer, K. (2020). Multicultural Experiences Hinder Negative Attitudes and Enhance Helping through Identification with All Humanity. 42. Annual Scientific Meeting (virtual) of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP), Berlin, Germany.

Sparkman, D. J., & Eidelman, S. (2019). We are the “human family:” Multicultural experiences, identification with humanity, and prejudice. Symposium presentation on Global human identification and citizenship: What we now know, and what we don’t. Annual meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology. Lisbon, Portugal.