Why Traditional Metrics May Not Adequately Represent Ethnic Minority Psychology

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The first Perspectives on Psychological Science symposium on eminence in psychology focused almost exclusively on “traditional” markers of success (e.g., citation counts, awards, grants). In this essay, I argue that the context of the research and the context of the researchers are crucial components of ethnic minority psychology. First, I describe structural reasons for why ethnic minority researchers might have less impressive traditional markers of success; then, I highlight how the “minority tax” contours the scholarly activities of ethnic minority researchers. Any conceptualization of eminence must take these additional considerations into account.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1162-1165
Number of pages4
JournalPerspectives on Psychological Science
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2017

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