Ryan Gibson

Asst Professor
Faculty Fellow
Office: Sociology, McConnell Hall Rm 341E, Durham, NH 03824

Dr. Ryan Gibson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and a Faculty Fellow at the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Gibson’s research centers on the social psychology of inequality, i.e. analyzing the different ways human perceptions shape macro-level inequalities via everyday interactions, with a particular focus on how race and racism transform justice and power. Using mixed methodologies, he demonstrates that injustice is an important catalyst for changes in the ways we think about society and who we think deserves power…

Example ongoing projects include:
• Qualitative interviews with people who deal with discrimination while having mental illness.

• Online experiments testing whether black and white managers face the same penalties for unfair actions in the workplace.

• Analyzing state-wide data on perceptions of government legitimacy and support for race-related legislation.


  • Ph.D., Emory University
  • M.A., Emory University
  • B.A., Kennesaw State University

Research Interests

  • Perceptions of justice
  • Quantitative methodology
  • Race and racism
  • Social identity
  • Social psychology

Courses Taught

  • SOC 530: Race and Racism
  • SOC 595: Independent Reading & Research
  • SOC 697: SpcTop/Social Psych of Justice

Selected Publications

Hawks, K., Hegtvedt, K. A., Gibson, R., Johnson, C., & Zion, J. (n.d.). Pathways to Legitimacy for Black and White Authorities: Impressions of Competence and Warmth. Social Psychology Quarterly, 019027252311620. doi:10.1177/01902725231162068

Gibson, R. (2022). Does the perception of discrimination impact Asian American boundaries? An analysis of group threat and closure ideology. ETHNIC AND RACIAL STUDIES, 45(12), 2362-2389. doi:10.1080/01419870.2021.2015417

Hegtvedt, K. A., Johnson, C., Gibson, R., Hawks, K., & Hayward, J. L. (2022). Power and Procedure: Gaining Legitimacy in the Workplace. SOCIAL FORCES, 101(1), 176-201. doi:10.1093/sf/soab103

Most Cited Publications