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ACES Colloquium Series: Dr. Emilce Santana (SOCI) 11/10/2020

“Examining the Causal Effect of Skin Color in Online Dating

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Meeting ID: 968 3256 2360
Password: Santana

Dr. Emilce Santana
Assistant Visiting Professor, Sociology, Glasscock Affiliated Fellow (ACES), Texas A&M University

This project seeks to measure the causal effect of an individual’s skin color on their likelihood of engaging in interethnic/interracial romantic relationships. The literature on skin color inequality is limited by issues such as a heavy reliance on observational data and inconsistent measures of skin color, which hinder researchers’ capacity to make causal inferences about the role of skin color in perpetuating discrepancies in outcomes within ethnoracial groups. To address these issues, I field a survey experiment that features online dating profiles of Black daters. I test how the skin color of the profiled individuals affects the likelihood that respondents of other ethnoracial groups will be interested in dating them. The results of this study will improve the sociological understanding of a particular mechanism that may determine contact across ethnoracial groups.

Please note that this is not a lecture, and thus, is not suited for class attendance. The Colloquium Series is intended to provide the presenter with a forum to discuss their research and receive feedback from colleagues.

PLEASE NOTE: Unlike our Faculty and Graduate Fellows’ Colloquia, we do not pre-circulate a draft paper of the work-in progress for ACES Colloquia.

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