Jamie Hughes

Jamie Hughes

Psychology Department Chair, Professor
Department of Psychology
MB Room 3126

Dr. Hughes is the program coordinator for the Psychology Master's program. She teaches courses in research methods, statistics, the psychology of gender, social psychology and psychology and law. As a social psychologist, her research focuses on person perception, morality, and the intersection of psychology and law. She also conducts research on the scholarship of teaching.


  • Ph.D. in Social Psychology, New Mexico State University 2010
  • M.S. in Quantitative and Social Psychology, Illinois State University 2006
  • B.S. (magna cum laude) in Psychology, Michigan State University 2002

Fall 2019 Office Hours

T-Th 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
W 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


  • Psychology and Law
  • Advanced Statistics: ANOVA & Regression
  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Senior Seminar
  • Experimental Psychology

Research Interests

Graduate Students

Those interested in projects related to social psychology, person perception, morality, and gender should contact me. I am happy to supervise research projects related to these and other topics.

Undergraduate Research Experience

Students can gain hands-on research experience by earning credit or volunteering as a research assistant. This opportunity would be beneficial if you plan to pursue graduate studies in psychology. If you are interested in social psychological topics and in particular, person perception and moral judgment, please contact me.

Moral Judgment

I'm interested in how people perceive and make inferences about others as moral agents.  For example, how do inferences about others personality, mental states, and relationship partners affect judgment about moral goodness or badness? Further, what are the ramification of arriving at a judgment that a person is good or evil? These and other questions guide my research.

Minority Perceptions of the Police and Criminal Justice System

How do minorities believe they are perceived by the police and by others in power? Further, how do these meta-perceptions affect one's perceptions of the police and courts? This research examines power, meta-perceptions, and the role of stereotyping in social perception.

Attributions About Criminal Offenders 

How do judgments about one's moral character affect guilt and sentencing recommendations in criminal courts? Further, how do implicit and explicit biases about social groups influence inferences about mens rea? I am exploring these and other questions at the intersection of social psychology and law.

Collaborative Learning and the Scholarship of Teaching

What types of classroom activities are most effective for student learning? Further, what types of classroom activities increase positive outcomes in the workplace (once students leave the academy)?  I am interested in examining course practices and activities that help students learn and achieve their career goals.


I have interests in gender, power relationships, privilege, consciousness studies and free will. I am also interested in falsification and the philosophy of science, and love to test competing hypotheses. 

Last Updated: 10/08/2020