Observing Race: A Conjoint Experiment to Examine the Determinants of Ethno-racial Classification

Awarded Scholars:
Fabiana Silva, University of Michigan
Project Date:
Mar 2020
Award Amount:

Silva will conduct a large-scale experiment among a national sample of adults to improve our understanding of the determinants of “observed race,” or how people are racially classified by others. She will examine the role of status markers – such as a college degree or felony conviction – on observed race and how the effects of these status markers may be contingent on the presence or absence of well-established ethno-racial signals, such as racially distinctive names and/or faces.


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