About Me

You can now order my book, Teaching about Race and Racism in the College Classroom: Notes From a White Professor, or any of the books in the Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Series.

The book was given a starred review in Library Journal!

It was also noted by the Chronicle of Higher Education as a Selected New Book on Higher Education.

I am a Professor of Psychological Sciences and Founding Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Follow me on Twitter @CyndiKernahan or get in touch via email cynthia.kernahan@uwrf.edu

Racism and Prejudice

As a social psychologist, my expertise is in the psychology of prejudice and racism. As a kid growing up in Oklahoma City, I became interested in race and racism very early and followed that interest through my BS in psychology (1994, University of Central Oklahoma) and my MS (1997) and PhD degrees (1999) in social psychology from the University of Missouri.

In studying racism and prejudice, I continue to be fascinated by the myriad ways that racism and White supremacy influence us all. In addition to learning from fellow psychologists and social psychologists, I try to learn as much as I can from the work of sociologists, historians, political scientists, and those in the humanities who are focusing on racism and White supremacy in the United States. I bring all of this knowledge to my teaching in the Psychology of Prejudice and Racism course that I have taught for nearly 20 years at UWRF.

Educational Development

In addition to my focus on racism and prejudice, I am also very interested in how people learn generally and how to make teaching more effective. I participate in lots of teaching development work myself, constantly tweaking and studying my own teaching and my students’ learning. Many of my publications are focused on my own Scholarship of Teaching and Learning work.

As I have done this work myself, I have also worked to provide opportunities for others. As a faculty developer, I have held various roles and positions (see CV). Currently, I oversee faculty development within the College of Arts and Sciences at UWRF and am working across my university to try and develop a larger center for teaching and learning that will serve all of our faculty and instructors at UWRF.

In all of this work, including my own talks and workshops as well as the opportunities I facilitate for others, I try to translate the findings of psychological science into useable and applicable practices for instructors as well as for administrators. I believe strongly that it is our responsibility to use our students’ time well and to provide them with learning opportunities that are inclusive and empowering.

Combining my love for teaching with my drive to understand and facilitate others’ understanding of racism and prejudice, I wrote my first book to help myself and others teach about race and racism more effectively. Teaching about Race and Racism in the College Classroom: Notes from a White Professor now available from West Virginia University Press.