Drexler James

Drexler James

Assistant Professor
Position Type
- Present

Dr. James joined the faculty at Denison in 2018 after completing his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. James aims to advance theories of social stigma in ways that will help reduce these persistent health disparities. Namely, rather than approaching stigmas as fixed “traits” that individuals possess (c.f. Goffman, 1963), he examines stigma as a dynamic and relational social psychological process to reveal how it reinforces and reproduces health-relevant social inequality. To this end, he is particularly interested in how race and stigma operate from the perspective of both perceivers (i.e., people whose perceptions and judgments stigmatize others) and targets (i.e., people who are the targets of stigmatizing perceptions and judgments). In one line of work on target perspectives, he investigates the true nature of racial self-stigma (i.e., internalized racism) and how it can influence racial/ethnic minority mental and physical health. With a second line of work on perceiver perspectives, he examines how stigma—via mechanisms of implicit bias, stereotyping, and prejudice—impacts people’s health-related judgments of racial/ethnic minority individuals and communities.

B.Sc., Psychology (2013), Illinois Institute of Technology; M.Sc., (Social) Psychology (2016), University of Illinois at Chicago; Ph.D., (Social) Psychology (2018), University of Illinois at Chicago

Learning & Teaching

  • Introductory Psychology (PSYC 100)
  • Research Methods and Statistics (PSYC 200)
  • Cultural Psychology (PSYC 265)
  • Research in Cultural Psychology (PSCH 266)
  • Seminar: Race in the Age of Genomics (PSYC 300)


  • James, D. (2017). Internalized Racism and Past-Year Major Depressive Disorder among African Americans: The Role of Ethnic Identity and Self-esteem. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. 4, 659-4670. DOI: 10.1007/s40615-016-0269-1
  • Molina, K. M., & James, D. (2016). Discrimination, internalized racism, and depression: A comparative study of African American and Afro-Caribbean adults in the US. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 19(4), 439-461. DOI: 10.1177/1368430216641304
  • Kosyluk, K. A., Corrigan, P. W., Jones, N., James, D., Abelson, S., & Malmon, A. (2016). Campus Solidarity Campaign: Developing a Program to Promote an Environment of Solidarity and Support on College Campuses for Students with Mental Illness. Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education, 30(4), 404-420. DOI: 10.1891/2168-6653.30.4.404
  • Jones, N., Corrigan, P. W., James, D., Parker, J., & Larson, N. (2013). Peer support, self-determination, and treatment engagement: A qualitative investigation. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 36(3), 209. DOI: 10.1037/prj0000008
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