What’s in a Name … or a Face? Student Perceptions of Faculty Race

Jeanette Morehouse Mendez, Jesse Perez Mendez

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Utilizing Critical Race Theory (CRT) as a conceptual framework, this study examines student perception of faculty of color in academia from student professor preference. Using an experimental design to test the effect of race on selection of faculty with whom to take a course, we showed student participants two types of pairings of faculty: first, pairs of photos of faculty of different races, and same age and attractiveness, then names of faculty, paired by different race were shown. The study provided evidence of racial bias with a strong preference for courses taught by White faculty by various subgroups of students, providing a snapshot of what faculty of color potentially stand to face in classroom environments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-196
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Political Science Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 3 2018


  • Diversity
  • evaluation
  • faculty
  • perception
  • student


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