Victoria Plaut comes from a Colombian-American family, speaks three languages, and has lived in three countries and in multiple U.S. regions. Armed with a personal background in cultural variation and relations, she developed an interest in diversity at a very early age. After receiving a BA at Harvard, an MSc at the London School of Economics, and a PhD at Stanford, she became an assistant professor at Holy Cross, the University of Georgia, and then UC Berkeley.
Dr. Plaut’s research on diversity, culture, and inclusion addresses the challenges and opportunities of working, living, and learning in diverse environments. Recent projects include studies related to colorblind vs. multicultural models of diversity, diversity climate, diversity resistance, perceptions of inclusion, gender diversity and recruitment, and models of deafness and disability, among others.
- Applied Social Psychology
- Culture and Ethnicity
- Gender Psychology
- Intergroup Relations
- Interpersonal Processes
- Law and Public Policy
- Organizational Behavior
- Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Self and Identity
Research Group or Laboratory:
- Plaut, V. C. (2010). Diversity science: Why and how difference makes a difference (Target Article). Psychological Inquiry, 21, 77-99.
- Plaut, V. C., Thomas, K. M., & Goren, M. J. (2009). Is multiculturalism or color blindness better for minorities? Psychological Science, 20, 444-446.
- Plaut, V. C., Adams, G., & Anderson, S. (2009). Does attractiveness buy happiness? “It depends on where you’re from.” Personal Relationships.
- Cheryan, S., Plaut, V. C., Davies, P. G., & Steele, C. M. (2009). Ambient belonging: How stereotypical cues impact gender participation in computer science. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
- Stevens, F. G., Plaut, V. C., & Sanchez-Burks, J. (2008). Unlocking the benefits of diversity: All-inclusive multiculturalism and positive organizational change. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 44, 116-133.
- Anderson, S., Adams, G., & Plaut, V. C. (2008). The cultural grounding of personal relationship: The importance of attractiveness in everyday life. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 352-368.
- Adams, G., & Plaut, V. C. (2003). The cultural grounding of personal relationship: Friendship in North American and West African worlds. Personal Relationships, 10, 335-349.
- Plaut, V. C., Markus, H. R., & Lachman, M. E. (2002). Place matters: Consensual features and regional variation in American well-being and self. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 83, 160-184.
- Plaut, V. C. (2002). Cultural models of diversity in America: The psychology of difference and inclusion. In R. Shweder, M. Minow, & H. R. Markus (Eds.), Engaging cultural differences: The multicultural challenge in liberal democracies (pp. 365-395). New York: Russell Sage Foundation Press.
- Thomas, K., & Plaut, V. (2008). The many faces of diversity resistance in the workplace. In K. Thomas (Ed.), Diversity resistance in organizations: Manifestations and solutions (pp. 1-22). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
- Plaut, V. C., & Markus, H. R. (2005). The “inside” story: A cultural-historical analysis of being smart and motivated, American style. In C. Dweck & A. Elliott, Handbook of competence and motivation. New York: Guilford.
- Culture and Diversity
- Psychology of Diversity and Discrimination in American Law
- Social Psychology
UC Berkeley School of Law
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
- Phone: (510) 642-2523