Faculty Accomplishments

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Tawa, J., Tauriac, J.J., & Suyemoto, KL. (2016). Fostering inter-minority race-relations: An intervention with Black and Asian students at an urban university. Making Connections: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cultural Diversity, 16 (2), 33 - 64.


Tawa, J., LoPresti, A., & Lynch, D. (2020). Deconstructing racial essentialism in the classroom: The impact of social constructionist curricula on student diversity interactions. The Journal for Multicultural Education, 35(2), 101 - 115.


Tawa, J., Negrón, R. & Pfeffer, J. (2020) The measurement of interpersonal interactions with continuous spatiotemporal data: Application to a study of the effects of resource competition on racial group interactions. Behavior Research Methods, 52(2), 881 – 900.


Tawa, J. (2017). The beliefs about race scale (BARS): Dimensions of racial essentialism and their psychometric properties. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology

Tawa, J. (2017). Asymmetric peer selections among Blacks, Asians, and Whites in a virtual environment: Preliminary evidence for triangulated threat theory. The Journal of Social Psychology


Tawa, J. (2017). “Walk a mile in my shoes:” A virtual world exercise in fostering students’ subjective understandings of the experiences of People of Color. In M.E. Ma & A. Oikonomou (Eds.). Serious Games and Edutainment Applications, Vol 2. New York: Springer


Tawa, J. & Tauriac, J.J. (2017). Teaching power beyond Black and White: Recognizing and working with student resistance in diverse classrooms. In E. Pinderhughes, P. Romney, & V. Jackson (Eds.). Understanding Power: A Human Service Imperative. Washington D.C.: National Association of Social Work Press.


Tawa, J., Ma, R., & Katsumoto, S. (2016). “All lives matter:” The cost of colorblind racial attitudes in diverse social networks. Race and Social Problems, 8 (2), 196 - 208.


Tawa, J., Negrón, R., Suyemoto, K.L. & Carter, A.S. (2015). The effects of resource competition on Blacks’, Asians’, and Whites’ social distances: A virtual world method. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 18 (6), 761 – 777.


Mellon New Directions Fellowship, 2023-2026


Faculty Fellowship, Mount Holyoke College, 2022-2023