Sophia R Evett

Sophia R Evett

Professional Details

Title: Professor
Office: MH-224D
Phone: 978-542-6458

Professional Biography

I have served on the faculty at Salem State University since Fall 1997.

Educational Background:

  • PhD Social Psychology and Statistics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1996. 
  • MS Social Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison. 
  • BA Psychology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1989.

Professional Interests

I am a social psychologist and specialize in the psychology of prejudice, stereotyping and intergroup relations.  My current research, with Managament Professor Anne-Marie Hakstian, focuses on retail discrimination and consumer racial profiling.  


I love supervising student research.  Here are some recent student projects:

Jean-Laurent, Marsha (Spring, 2011). Profiled: Perceptions of racialdiscrimination. Poster presented at the Salem State College (SSC) School ofArts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Marchant, N.  (Spring, 2009).  Development of a Mock Jury Paradigm forStudying Perceptions of Retail Discrimination. Poster presented at the SalemState College (SSC) School of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate ResearchSymposium.

DeOrio, P. (Fall, 2008).  TheEffects Philosophy has on One’s Sense of Control. Poster presented at the SalemState College (SSC) School of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate ResearchSymposium.



Psi Chi Faculty Advisor

Psychology Department Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

Psychology Department Graduate Committee

Psychology Department website and listserv administrator

Psychology Subject Pool Committee

Reviewer Journal of Applied Social Psychology

Selected Publications

Evett, S. R., Hakstian, A.-M. G., Williams, J. D., & Henderson, G. R. (in press). What’s race got to do with it? Responses to consumer discrimination. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 12(1).

Conley, T. D., Evett, S. R., & Devine, P. G. (2007). Attitudes, subjective experiences, and behaviors of heterosexuals in imagined and actual encounters between gay and homosexual people. Journal of Homosexuality, 53(3), 35-63.

Evett, S. (2004, November). Beacon: Promoting diversity in the classroom. ASPECT, pp. 1, 3, 10, Salem State College School of Arts and Sciences.

Conley, T. D., Devine, P. G., Rabow, J., & Evett, S. R. (2002). Gay men and lesbians’ experiences in and expectations for interactions with heterosexuals. Journal of Homosexuality, 44 (1), 83-109.

Conley, T. D., Calhoun, C., Evett, S. R., Devine, P. G. (2001). Mistakes that heterosexual people make when trying to appear non-prejudiced: The view from LGB people. Journal of Homosexuality, 42 (2), 21-43.

Selected Presentations

Evett, S. R., Hakstian, A-M, G., & Burk, L. A. (March, 2012). Making the Case for Retail Discrimination: A Mock Jury Investigation. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Eastern Psychological Association, Pittsburgh, PA.

Hakstian, A. G., & Evett, S. R. (December, 2009). Race Discrimination Or Unlawful Detention? Results Of A Mock Jury Study On Consumer Discrimination. Paper presented at Fourteenth Cross-Cultural Research Conference. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Benton, R. C., Brossoit, L. A., Evett, S. R., Hakstian, A. G., Newton, S. A. (May, 2009). Yes We Can! A Grassroots Approach to Changing the Culture and Climate in the Classroom and Beyond. Workshop presented at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education, San Diego, NY.

Williams, J. D., Henderson, G. R., Hakstian, A. G., & Evett, S. R. (2009), “An Experimental Scenario-Based Approach to Analyzing Consumer Response to Marketplace Discrimination,” in E. S. Moore, J. K. Pappalardo, and W. L. Wilkie (Eds.), 2009 Marketing and Public Policy Conference Proceedings: Contributions, Controversies, and Continuing Challenges in the Worlds of Consumer Protection and Competition, Volume 19, Chicago, IL: American Marketing Association, 221-222. Paper presented May 30, 2009.

Evett, S. R., Hakstian, A.G., Williams, J. D., & Henderson, G. R. (April, 2008). Perceptions of marketplace discrimination. Poster presented at the Psychology and Social Justice Conference, New School, New York, NY.

Personal Interests

My family, my dog, travel, hiking and camping, music and theater.

Some of my favorite links:

Skeptics website:

Prejudice sites:,, implicit attitudes test

Psychology sites:,,