Kristin Shutts, PhD

Position title: Professor, Psychology

Kristin Shutts, PhD

PhD, Harvard University

Contact Information

Waisman Center
1500 Highland Ave
Room T515
Madison, WI 53705
Lab Website: Social Kids Lab

Research Statement

I study how infants and children apprehend their social world.  I am particularly interested in the development of social categories and inter-group bias in infancy and early childhood. When do children come to see themselves and others as belonging to different social categories (e.g., gender, ethnicity, social class), which distinctions matter most to children, and how does this change over development and a result of immersion in a particular culture? What mechanisms support the development of social biases, and what kinds of interventions might ameliorate them?

Selected Publications