The University of Texas at Austin   School of Law

March 8, 2013

Center for Women in Law to host Harvard University Professor Mahzarin Banaji for Talk on Implicit Bias

On Thursday, April 11, 2013, the Center for Women in Law will welcome Professor Mahzarin Banaji, a foremost leader on the science behind unconscious thinking and feeling as they unfold in social context and the Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University.

Professor Banaji will speak at the Four Seasons from 2:35 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. on the research behind her new book, Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People. Using the revolutionary test she co-developed (the Implicit Association Test), Professor Banaji will demonstrate how subtle biases influence interactions with other attorneys and judges, efforts to persuade juries, and the perceptions of our clients and witnesses. Professor Banaji’s talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

Professor Banaji was elected fellow of the Society for Experimental Psychologists in 2005, and in 2009 she was named Herbert A. Simon Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. She is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Psychological Science, of which she was President. In the past Banaji demonstrated her devotion to undergraduate and graduate education by serving as Director of Undergraduate Studies at Yale and as Head Tutor at Harvard, as well as by winning Yale’s Lex Hixon Prize for Teaching Excellence.

Professor Banaji received her bachelor of the arts degree from Nizam College and her master of the arts in Psychology from Osmania University in Hyderabad. In 1986, she received her Ph.D. from Ohio State University, and she later became an NIH postdoctoral fellow at University of Washington.