A Stanford professor who conducts research on race and inequality is among the 21 winners of the 2014 MacArthur Foundation's "genius grant."
Jennifer L. Eberhardt, 49, is a social psychologist probing the complex and unconscious ways that people racially code and categorize individuals. Eberhardt is especially interested in studying the associations between race and crime, according to her personal website.
"Through collaborations with experts in criminology, law, and anthropology, as well as novel studies that engage law enforcement and jurors, Eberhardt is revealing new insights about the extent to which race imagery and judgments suffuse our culture and society," according to the MacArthur Foundation website.
Eberhardt will receive $625,000 to further her research and creative vision.
Each year, the MacArthur Foundation recognizes individuals with "a track record of achievement and the potential for significant contributions in the future," according to its website.
"Those who think creativity is dying should examine the life's work of these extraordinary innovators who work in diverse fields and in different ways to improve our lives and better our world," said Cecilia Conrad, vice president of the MacArthur Fellows Program, in a press release. "Together, they expand our view of what is possible, and they inspire us to apply our own talents and imagination."
Other 2014 winners include a physicist, cartoonist and graphic memoirist, civil rights lawyer, housing advocate and documentary filmmaker.
To view a video of Eberhardt and learn about the other winners, visit the MacArthur Foundation website.