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Dr. Alex Borgella

Dr. Alex Borgella
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Expertise

  • Social Psychology
  • Stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination
  • Consequences of disparagement humor
  • Stereotype threat
  • Diversity in higher education

Education

  • Ph.D., Social Psychology, Tufts University, 2017
  • M.A., Psychological Sciences, James Madison University, 2012
  • B.A., Psychology, University of West Florida, 2010

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About Dr. Alex Borgella

Dr. Alex Borgella joined Fort Lewis College Fall 2019 as an assistant professor of psychology. He was trained in social psychology at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, with a concentration in the social psychological underpinnings of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. Prior to joining Fort Lewis, he was a visiting assistant professor of psychology at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. His current research interests involve (1) disparagement humor and its effects on members of stigmatized social groups (e.g., racial minority groups, sexual and gender minority groups, and overweight or obese people), (2) within-group differences in racial stereotyping and prejudice, and (3) stereotype threat. His research has been published in outlets such as The Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Psychology of Sport and Exercise, and Humor: International Journal of Humor Research, and his work has been featured in The APA Monitor, VICE, Quartz Magazine, and Fast Company Magazine.


Selected Publications

Borgella, A.M., Howard, S., & Maddox, K.B. (2020: in press). Cracking wise to break the ice: Can racial humor ease interracial anxiety? Humor: The International Journal of Humor Research.

Thai, M., Borgella, A.M., *Sanchez, M. S. (2019). It’s only funny if we say it: Disparagement humor is better received if it originates from a member of the group being disparaged. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 85, 1-10.

Howard, S. & Borgella, A.M. (2018). “Sinking” or sinking?: Identity salience and shifts in Black women’s athletic performance. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 39, 179 - 183.

Borgella, A.M. (2016). Science deconstructs humor: What makes some things funny? The Conversation, 144.

Lee, M.R. & Borgella, A.M. (2012). Assessment of changes in multicultural awareness and behavior in three academic majors. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting Proceedings, 2012, 1-34.

Borgella, A.M., *Yi, S., & Lee, M.R. (2012). The role of traditional gender role beliefs in predicting male and female homophobia. Teaching of Psychology: Ideas and Innovations 2012, 36-38.


Selected Conference Presentations

Borgella, A. M., Carvalho, K., Hammer, C. K., & Bedard, T. (2019, February). “I’m going to say it before you can”: Humorist weight and reactions to weight-disparaging jokes. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Portland, OR.

Borgella, A.M., & Maddox, K.B. (2018, February). Cracking wise to break the ice: The role of identity and humor in intergroup judgments. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Atlanta, GA.

Borgella, A.M. (2018, September) Investigating ideas: Humor in hard places. Symposium discussant at the Bates College “Investigating Ideas” symposium series, Lewiston, ME.

Borgella, A.M., Fenton, J.L., & Maddox, K.B. (2017, April) Scrutiny as a moderator of racial phenotypicality bias in guilt judgments. Symposium discussant at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Borgella, A.M., & Maddox, K.B. (2017, January). The effects of deprecating humor on intergroup interactions: A review. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.

Aronson, R.K., Howard, S., Borgella, A.M. (2015, March). What’s in a (Black) name: evaluations of African vs. African American Names. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Borgella, A.M., Maddox, K.B., Sargent, M.J., Murray, M.P (2015, February). Full court pressure: Racial phenotypicality under scrutiny. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, CA.

Borgella, A.M., Fenton, J.L., & Maddox, K.B. (2014, February) Exploring aversive racism as a moderator of racial phenotypicality bias in guilt judgments. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX.

Borgella, A.M., & Maddox, K.B. (2013, September). Concerns over appearing biased moderates the use of Afrocentric facial features in judgments of Blacks. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology. Berkeley, CA.

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