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Jonathan Kunstman

Jonathan Kunstman

Associate Professor

Psychological Sciences

Jonathan Kunstman

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PhD, Florida State University

MS, Florida State University

BA, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

About Me

Jonathan Kunstman received his BA in psychology from the University of Minnesota in 2005 and his MS and PhD in social psychology from Florida State University. Kunstman then served as a post-doctoral researcher at UC Santa Barbara before joining the faculty of Miami University where he was an assistant and associate professor. He joined the faculty at Auburn University in 2021. His work primarily focuses on how motives, stereotypes, and social identity threats shape health and professional outcomes in inter-group settings. His work also explores how the psychological experience of power can influence social cognition and behavior.

DEI Activities

  • Current Chair of the Auburn University Department of Psychological Sciences DEI Committee.
  • Previously chaired the DEI Subcommittee on DEI Education and Professional Development from 2021 to 2023.
  • Co-facilitator of the Auburn University Bridges into Excellence (AUBiE) program, aimed at bringing early career researchers to Auburn and increasing faculty diversity.
  • Research activities engage social psychological approaches to stereotyping, prejudice, and stigma’s effects on health and the workplace.


  • Kunstman, J.W., Deska, J.*, Lloyd, E. P.*, Almaraz, S. M.*, Bernstein, M. J., Gonzales, J. P.*, & Hugenberg, K. (2020). Race-based biases in judgments of social pain. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 88.
  • Kunstman, J.W., Deska, J.*, Ogungbadero, T.**, Bernstein, M.J., & Hugenberg, K. (2020). Black racial phenotypicality shapes social pain judgments, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 90
  • Kunstman, J. W., Lloyd, E. P.*, Bernstein, M., & Tuscherer, T*. (2017). The face of suspicion: Suspicion of Whites’ motives moderates mental representations of Whites. Social Psychology and Personality Science, 8, 953-960.
  • Major, B., Kunstman, J. W., Malta, B. R., Sawyer, P., Townsend, S. S. M., & Mendes, W. B. (2016). Why are you being so nice to me? How suspicion of whites’ motives shapes minorities’ responses to positive feedback. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 62, 75-88.
  • Kunstman, J. W., Plant, E. A., & LaCosse, J. Zielaskowski, K. (2013). Feeling in with the outgroup: Need fulfillment and the internalization of motivation to respond without prejudice. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 105, 443-457.