Manuel J. Galvan


How do inequalities of the past maintain inequality in the present (and future)? What can we do to disrupt this pattern and build a more equitable tomorrow? To address these questions, Manuel investigates how racial and economic inequality influences health, decision-making, self-perception, policy preferences, and beliefs about success and deservingness. He focuses on topics at the individual level, such as investigating the psychological roots of the socioeconomic-health gradient (i.e., as socioeconomic status increases, health improves). He also focuses on topics at the group level, such as how geographic differences in historic racism predict ongoing racial discrimination, implicit bias, and racial health disparities across the United States. Manuel aspires to inform evidence-based interventions and policy decisions with his research.

Manuel grew up and worked as a public school science teacher in highly unequal Hispanic communities in Texas. His formative experiences with friends, family, and students instilled a life-long pursuit to understand the causes of social problems in unequal environments and seek ways to address these problems.


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