In research with Robb Willer, I investigate how perceptions of threat to whites' status position affect their attitudes toward purportedly race-neutral social programs and political parties.
In related research, we examine how political appeals that subtly or explicitly evoke negative racial stereotypes harness whites' underlying racial prejudice to sway their policy views.
Wetts, Rachel and Robb Willer. 2018. “Privilege on the Precipice: Perceived Racial Status Threats Lead White Americans to Oppose Welfare Programs.” Social Forces 97(2): 793-822. doi: 10.1093/sf/soy046
Willer, Robb, Matthew Feinberg, and Rachel Wetts. “Threats to Racial Status Promote Tea Party Support among White Americans.” SSRN Working Paper.
Wetts, Rachel and Robb Willer. 2019. “Who is Called by the Dog Whistle? Experimental Evidence that Racial Resentment and Political Ideology Condition Responses to Racially-Encoded Messages.” Socius 5:1-20.