Department of Psychology and the College
Kimberly Morrison’s research examines the interplay between self and identity, social influence processes, and intergroup relations. In one set of projects, she studies how different features of the self-concept (e.g., personal uncertainty, need to belong) and group membership (e.g., majority/minority status, social power) can affect opinion expression and perception. She is particularly interested in what motivates people to express minority or dissenting opinions to others. She also studies the factors that improve versus undermine relations between groups, including perceived threat, group identification, and relative group status.
She has co-authored numerous papers in her areas of expertise, including “Spiral of Silence for Some: Attitude Certainty and the Expression of Political Minority Opinions,” Communication Research (in press); “Nonconformity Defines the Self: The Role of Minority Opinion Status in Self-Concept Clarity,” Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (36, 297–308); and “Expressing Deviant Opinions: Believing You Are in the Majority Helps,” Journal of Experimental Social Psychology (45, 740–747).
Morrison earned a PhD in organizational behavior from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2008 and a BA in psychology from Stanford University in 2003. From 2008 to 2010, she was an assistant professor of communication (with a courtesy appointment in social psychology) at the Ohio State University.
Morrison joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2010.