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I investigate the roles of social categories, like race and gender, and motivated beliefs, like social dominance ideologies, in shaping diversity-related phenomena. My research is grounded in the desire to better understand the mechanisms that stymie progress toward diversity and equality in organizations and society.




  • Wingrove, S., Paek, J.J.W., Ponce de Leon, R., & Fitzsimons, G.M.  (2023). Tying the value of goals to social class.

                 Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. [link; data and materials available here]

  • Kay, A.C., Ponce de Leon, R., Kteily, N., & Ho, A.K. (2023). Motivated egalitarianism. Current Directions in Psychological

                 Science. [link]

  • Ponce de Leon, R. & Rosette, A.S. (2022). "Invisible" discrimination: Divergent outcomes for the non-prototypicality of Black    

                 women. Academy of Management Journal. [link; data and materials available here]

  • Ponce de Leon, R.*, Rifkin, J.R.*, & Larrick, R.P. (2022). "They're everywhere!": Symbolically threatening groups seem more

                      pervasive than non-threatening groups. Psychological Science. [link; data and materials available here]

  • Carter, J.T. & Ponce de Leon, R. (2022). Double jeopardy or intersectional invisibility? Reconciling (seemingly) opposing

                       perspectives. Research on social issues in management (V. 3): The Future of scholarship on race in organizations.

  • Ponce de Leon, R. & Kay, A.C. (2021). Ironic egalitarianism: When hierarchy-attenuating motives increase hierarchy-enhancing            beliefs. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. [link; data and materials available here]

  • Ponce de Leon, R., Wingrove, S., & Kay, A.C. (2020). Scientific skepticism and inequality: Political and ideological roots. Journal             of Experimental Social Psychology. [link; data and materials available here]

  • Ponce de Leon, R. & Kay, A.C. (2020). Political ideology and compensatory control mechanisms. Current Opinion in Behavioral               Sciences. [link

  • Rosette, A.S., Ponce de Leon, R., Koval, C.Z., & Harrison, D.A. (2018). Intersectionality: Connecting experiences of gender with             race at work. Research in Organizational Behavior. [link]

Selected Work in Progress

  • Ma, A., Ponce de Leon, R., & Rosette, A.S. [Topic: Gender dynamics in distributive negotiations]. Under second revision at

                 at Journal of Applied Psychology.

  • Ponce de Leon, R., Carter, J.T. & Rosette, A.S. [Topic: Organizational allyship]. Under second-round review at Organizational                   Behavior and Human Decision Processes.​​

  • Ponce de Leon, R.*, Du, K.M.*, & Dobson, K. S. H. [Topic: Stigma and authenticity] Under review at Organization Science.

  • Ponce de Leon, R. * & Bailey, E.R.* Communality and leadership. Working paper.

  • Ponce de Leon, R., & Carter, J.T. Perceptions of DEI expertise. Working paper.
  • Ponce de Leon, R. & Rosette, A.S. Race, agency, and leadership: Intersectional stereotypes shape hiring outcomes for women               leaders. Working paper.

  • Ponce de Leon, R., Kim, J.Y., & Kay, A.C. Masculine or feminine changes?: Men and women differ in their beliefs about the

                        changes that will promote equality. Data collection.

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