Ariel Jasmine Mosley

B.A. Psychology, Philosophy Minor (2014) California State University Sacramento
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Ariel’s research focuses on processes of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination as they relate to stigma internalization and threats to existential motivations. Particularly, she is interested in issues of social power, group identity, and psychological consequences of subtle forms of discrimination. Ariel graduated from California State University Sacramento with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy. Her current research examines how experiences of contemporary subtle forms of discrimination influence the self-concept, and vice versa. She was a Lab Manager in the CSUS Prejudice and Intergroup Relations Lab, where she examined how cognitive and motivational processes influence prejudice and stereotyping. She has conducted several research fellowships with the Yale University Intergroup Relations Lab, working with Dr. John Dovidio, on studies related to discrimination, sexism, and stigma.

She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of Kansas under the mentorship of Dr. Mark Landau. Her work in this lab examines why some women internalize and endorse sexist messages and engage in their own groups’ subordination. A second line of her research looks at how motivations for epistemic structure, self-presentation, and self-consistency lead to the dehumanization of out-groups. She also works with Nyla Branscombe to examine how individuals derive meaning and benefits from discriminatory experiences. Ultimately, she hopes to understand how systems of inequality are perceived, reduced, and maintained.


Prejudice, Stereotyping, Discrimination
Existential Motivations
Self & Identity
Stigma Internalization


University of Kansas Jack Brehm Summer Research Fellowship (2015)                  
Jack Brehm Grant Graduate Travel Award (2014)                                                 
Society for Personality Social Psychology Graduate Travel Award (2014)   
Summer Research Fellowship, Intergroup Relations Lab, Yale University (2014)     
Graduate Fellowship, University of Kansas (2015)                                                
Graduate Studies Diversity Scholarship, University of Kansas (2014)                                         
Yale University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Research Fellowship (2013)    
California Predoctoral Sally Cassanova Fellowship (2013)                                     
Henry Giron Memorial Scholarship (2013)                                                                      
Daughters of the Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865 Memorial Scholarship (2013)
Professor Addison Somerville Scholarship, Psychology Department (2013)                           
Dean Otis Scott Scholarship, College of Social Sciences &Interdisciplinary Studies (2013)   
Associated Students Incorporated Dreamers Scholarship (2013)                                         
Academic Related Activity Student Travel Grant (2013)
Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program (2012)
Tracy African American-Association for Academic Excellence Scholarship (2008)


Mosley, A.J., Swanson, T.J., Landau, M.J. (2015) Embodied Health. Wiley Encyclopedia of Health Psychology (Kate Sweeny & Megan Robbins, Eds.).

Kiefer, L., Mosley, A.J., T.J., Landau, M.J. (2015) Fetishism and Gender. SAGE Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender.

Mosley, A.J. (2012) Gender Discrepancies in Social Facilitation. The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Scholars Journal, vol 13. California State University, Sacramento, California.



Mosley, A.J., Dovidio, J., Landau, M. (2014, September). “Women's Self-Presentation Strategies: Stigma Internalization and Assimilation to Extrinsic Contingencies of Self-Worth.” Paper presented at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.

Mosley, A.J., Dovidio, Meyers (2014, March). “Existential Infrahumanization: A Model of Self-Objectification.” Paper presented at the California State University Student Research Symposium, Sacramento, CA.

Mosley, A.J., Dovidio, J. (2013, July). “Why am I not sexy, smart, and beautiful enough?”: Examining women’s internalization of stigma. Paper presented at Yale University Graduate Arts & Sciences, New Haven, CT.

Mosley, A.J., Harrison, L., (2014, February). “Examining whether terror management processes lead to wiser food choices.” Paper presented at the Stanford University Annual Psychology Meeting, Stanford, CA.



Mosley, A.J., Dovidio, J. (2015, February). “Benevolent Sexist Beliefs of Women on Women.” Poster presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology 16th Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA.

Strelich, J., Mosley, A.J., Bohon, L. (2015, February). “Women’s Belief in A Just Future: When sexism leads to system justification.” Poster presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology 16thAnnual Meeting, Long Beach, CA.

Mosley, A.J., Dovidio, J., Meyers, L. (2014, April). “A Structural Analysis of Internalized Gender Beliefs, Existential Void, and Self Objectification in Women.” Poster presented at the Western Psychological Association Conference, Portland, OR.

Mosley, A.J., Harrison, L., (2014, February). “The Gendered Nature of Implicit Anti-Fat Bias toward Men: Effects of Muscularity and Ethnicity.” Poster presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology 15th Annual Meeting, Austin, TX.

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