Hilary Bergsieker

Associate Professor
head shot of Dr. Hilary Bergsieker

BA (Stanford) MA, PhD (Princeton)

Contact information

View my profile on academia.edu, Google scholar, or ResearchGate.

Website of Diversity and Intergroup Relations Lab

Publons Profile

I will be accepting graduate student applications for Fall 2024

Research interests

My research examines the interpersonal dynamics of intergroup interactions and relationships -- probing impression management, strategic communication, nonverbal behaviour, affect, depletion, and trust -- to understand when and why problems can arise even in the absence of animus. I use a relational approach to analyze asymmetries in experiences of individuals from different groups as they interact and develop relationships (e.g., as friends, classmates, coworkers). Because distrust between societal groups is pervasive and close relationships normally involve conflicts that could undermine trust, investigating how trust is established, maintained, and repaired in intergroup close relationships is a timely, crucial challenge in our increasingly multicultural society. Another line of work focuses on collaborative social cognition, identifying covert channels through which negative impressions and stereotypes propagate from communicators to audiences. Criticism and stereotypes can be strategically suppressed (negativity omission) and then inferred (via innuendo) in conversation, limiting opportunities for individuals from historically stigmatized groups.

Selected publications and presentations

  • Cyr, E. N., Kroeper, K., Bergsieker, H. B., […] Wright, S. C., & Spencer, S. (in press). Girls are good at STEM: Opening minds and providing strong evidence reduces boys’ stereotyping of girls’ STEM ability. Child Development.

  • Olsson, M.I.T., van Grootel, S., Block, K., Schuster, C., Meeussen, L., Van Laar, C., Schmader, T., Ainsaar, M., Aarntzen, L., Adamus, M., Anderson, J., Atkinson, C., Avicenna, M, Babel, P., Barth, M., Benson-Greenwald, T.M., Maloku, E., Bernt, J., Bergsieker, H. B.,[…], Martiny, S. (2023). Gender gap in parental leave intentions: Evidence from 37 countries. Political Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1111/pops.12880

  • Hall, W., Schmader, T., Cyr, E. N., & Bergsieker, H. B. (2022). Collectively constructing gender-inclusive work cultures in STEM. European Review of Social Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1080/10463283.2022.2109294

  • Cyr, E. N., Bergsieker, H. B., Denney, T. C., & Schmader, T. (2021). Mapping social exclusion in STEM to men’s implicit bias and women’s career costs. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118, e2026308118. 

  • Bergsieker, H. B., Wilmot, M. O., Cyr, E. N., & Grey, C. B. (2021). A threat in the network: STEM women in less powerful network positions avoid integrating stereotypically feminine peers. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 24(3), 321-349.

  • Bennett, E. H., Bergsieker, H. B., Coe, I. R., Koch-Kraft, A., Langelier, E., Morrison, S., ... Decker, J. E. (2020). Enacting workplace culture change for excellence in research: A gender lens. FACETS, 5, 228–233.

  • Cyr, E. N., Donald, J., & Bergsieker, H. B. (2020). Engineering team dynamics: Connecting friendship networks and academic trajectories. Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA), 20, 1-8.

  • Schmader, T., Bergsieker, H. B., & Hall, W. M. (2020). Cracking the culture code: A tri-level model for cultivating inclusion in organizations. Invited chapter to appear in J. Forgas, B. Crano & K. Fiedler (Eds.), Applications of Social Psychology (pp. 334-355).
  • Garcia, R. L.*, Bergsieker, H. B.*, & Shelton, J. N. (2017). Racial attitude (dis)similarity and liking in same-race minority interactions. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 20, 501-518. *Shared first authorship.
  • Bonam, C. M., Bergsieker, H. B., & Eberhardt, J. L. (2016). Polluting Black space. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 145, 1561-1582.
  • Kervyn, N., Bergsieker, H. B., Grignard, F., & Yzerbyt, V. (2016). An advantage of appearing mean or lazy: Amplified impressions of competence or warmth after mixed descriptions. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 62, 17-23.
  • Fiske, S. T., Bergsieker, H., Constantine, V., Dupree, C. H., Holoien, D. S., Kervyn, N., Leslie, L., & Swencionis, J. K. (2015). Talking up and talking down: The power of positive speaking. Lewin Award Address, Journal of Social Issues, 71, 834-846.
  • Holoien, D. S., Bergsieker, H. B., Shelton, J. N., & Alegre, J. M. (2015). Do you really understand? Achieving accuracy in interracial relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 108, 76-92.
  • Murphy, M. C., Richeson, J. A., Shelton, J. N., Rheinschmidt, M. L., & Bergsieker, H. B. (2013). Cognitive costs of contemporary prejudice. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 16, 560-571.
  • Bergsieker, H. B., Leslie, L. M., Constantine, V. S., & Fiske, S. T. (2012). Stereotyping by omission: Eliminate the negative, accentuate the positive. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102, 1214-1238.
  • Kervyn, N., Bergsieker, H. B., & Fiske, S. T. (2012). The innuendo effect: Hearing the positive but inferring the negative. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 77-85.
  • Bergsieker, H. B., Shelton, J. N., & Richeson, J. A. (2010). To be liked versus respected: Divergent goals in interracial interactions. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99, 248-264.
  • Shelton, J. N., Trail, T. E., West, T. V., & Bergsieker, H. B. (2010). From strangers to friends: The interpersonal process model of intimacy in developing interracial friendships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 27, 71-90.
  • Fiske, S. T., Bergsieker, H. B., Russell, A. M., & Williams, L. (2009). Images of Black Americans: Then, "them" and now, "Obama!" DuBois Review: Social Science Research on Race, 6, 83-101.
  • Shelton, J. N., Richeson, J. A., & Bergsieker, H. B. (2009). Interracial friendship development and attributional biases. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 26, 179-193.
  • Stephens, N. M., Hamedani, M. G., Markus, H. R., Bergsieker, H. B., & Eloul, L. (2009). Why did they "choose" to stay? Perspectives of Hurricane Katrina observers and survivors. Psychological Science, 20, 878-886.
  • Townsend, S. S. M., Markus, H. R., & Bergsieker, H. B. (2009). My choice, your categories: The denial of multiracial identities. Journal of Social Issues, 65, 185-204.
  • Uchida, Y., Townsend, S. S. M, Markus, H. R., & Bergsieker, H. B. (2009). Emotions as within or between people? Lay theory of emotion expression and emotion inference across cultures. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 1427-1439.