NiCole Buchanan, Michigan State University

Racialized Sexual Harassment: Working at the Intersections of Race, Gender and Victimization
NiCole Buchanan


Winter 2018
Lecture Time: 
Friday, February 23, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Lecture Location: 
R0220 Ross School of Business
Introduced By: 
Kathy Robotham


Harassment research has failed to systematically integrate the ways in which membership in multiple devalued social status groups impacts the harassment experience and subsequent health outcomes. Nevertheless, multiple social status dimensions (e.g., gender, race, age, social class) create unique experiences of victimization and contribute to educational/occupational, economic, and health disparities across diverse groups. Research shows that women of color not only experience high levels of both sexual and racial harassment, but they also report racialized sexual harassment -- harassment that combines racism and sexism simultaneously. In this talk, I review the research on workplace harassment and the ways in which women of color are uniquely targeted.

Recording & Additional Notes

NiCole T. Buchanan, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University whose research focuses on the interplay of race, gender and victimization and how social identity dimensions, such as race, gender, sexual orientation and social class relate to well-being and professional development.
Dr. Buchanan is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and has been the recipient of several awards for her research, teaching, and service contributions to MSU’s campus and the field at large, including the APA’s Committee on Women in Psychology’s 2015 Leadership Award as an Emerging Leader in the categories of research scholarship and service in psychology.

Finally, Dr. Buchanan provides bias and diversity-related training and consultation to academic departments and organizations, including medical personnel, academic and practicing psychologists, human resource managers, and campus, city, and state police departments.

Below are links to her recent Ted Talk on implicit bias and a related presentation on bias in educational settings.

Buchanan, N. T. (2017, April). Excising a virus of the mind: Individual and institutional responsibility for reducing implicit bias. Invited presentation for TEDxMSU at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
Buchanan, N. T. (2016, January). Bias and its Role in Social Inequity. Invited presentation for the forum, Sharper Focus, Wider Lens symposium on The Nature of Inequality, Michigan State University Honor’s College.