John Tawa

Assistant Professor of Psychology

John Tawa studies the role of race in intergroup interactions; his past research includes studies on how resource competition impacts relations between minority groups, and the influence of racial essentialism on intergroup behaviors.

Methodologically, Tawa is interested in directly assessing people's "real-time" behavior through virtual technology. For example, his past research has used the virtual world Second Life to study racial interactions. He is currently developing a study using virtual reality to examine racial bias in police use of lethal force.