King Center Scholar-in-Residence


KING Scholar in Residence


Christopher Marshburn, Ph.D.  -   Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology

Research Interests:


I am a native of Virginia Beach, VA and started as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology here at UK in the fall of 2018. I received my B.A. in Psychology from Randolph-Macon College (Ashland, VA), and my Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of California, Irvine in 2016 where I was also a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. From 2016 to 2018, I worked as a Multicultural Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte working with Dr. Enrica Ruggs.

My research focuses on how Black Americans cope with racism. Specifically, I examine whether talking to same- and cross-race friends about racism has positive benefits for Black Americans. Additionally, I explore how White Americans think about, react to, and sometimes perpetuate racism. For example, my research investigates (1) how White Americans react when anticipating talking to Black people about racism and (2) how White American’s perceptions of racism are influenced by their motivations.

Dr. Marshburns duties within the Martin Luther King Center are too:

•To aid the Director(s) of the Center in enhancing the scholarly programming offered by the Center.
•To give even greater emphasis to Dr. King’s focus on global social justice.
•To continue the Center’s long history of outreach programming into the Lexington community.
•To move the Center more closely to the center of academic life at the university involving faculty on a rotating bi-annual basis

Our Scholar-in-Residence Program is an initiative developed by the Office for Institutional Diversity.