About Me

You can 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.

Get in touch via email cynthia.kernahan@uwrf.edu

Interests and Work: 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 early on 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 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 teach the Psychology of Prejudice and Racism in addition to other courses at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

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 a lot of teaching development work myself, constantly tweaking and studying my own teaching and my students’ learning (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning). Most of my publications and writing are focused around these questions.

In addition to my own work, I really enjoy working to provide teaching development opportunities for others. As an educational developer, I have held various roles and positions. Most recently, as the founding director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.