Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do

Category: Book
By (author): Eberhardt, Jennifer L.
Subject:  HISTORY / General
  PSYCHOLOGY / Interpersonal Relations
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations
Publisher: Viking
Published: March 2019
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in
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From The Publisher*"Groundbreaking."--Bryan Stevenson, New York Times bestselling author of Just Mercy

From one of the world's leading experts on unconscious racial bias, a personal examination of one of the central controversies and culturally powerful issues of our time, and its influence on contemporary race relations and criminal justice.


We do not have to be racist to be biased. With a perspective that is both scientific, investigative, and also informed by personal experience, Eberhardt offers a reasoned look into the effects of implicit racial bias, ranging from the subtle to the dramatic. Racial bias can lead to disparities in education, employment, housing, and the criminal justice system--and then those very disparities further reinforce the problem. In Biased, Eberhardt reveals how even when we are not aware of bias and genuinely wish to treat all people equally, ingrained stereotypes can infect our visual perception, attention, memory, and behavior.

Eberhardt's extensive work as a consultant to law enforcement, as well as a researcher with unprecedented access to data including footage from police officers' body-worn cameras, informs every aspect of her book and makes it much more than a work of social psychology. Her research occurs not just in the laboratory but in police departments, courtrooms, prisons, boardrooms, and on the street. Interviews are interwoven with memories and stories from Eberhardt's own life and family. She offers practical suggestions for reform, and takes the reader behind the scenes to police departments implementing her suggestions. Refusing to shy away from the tragic consequences of prejudice, Eberhardt addresses how racial bias is not the fault of nor restricted to a few "bad apples" in police departments or other institutions. We can see evidence of bias at all levels of society in media, education, and business practices. In Biased, Eberhardt reminds us that racial bias is a human problem--one all people can play a role in solving.
Review Quote*"Jennifer Eberhardt's work is essential to helping us understand racial inequalities in our country and around the world."-Michelle Alexander, author of New York Times bestseller The New Jim Crow

"The hope for progress is greatly increased by Jennifer Eberhardt's groundbreaking new book on implicit bias. Biased presents the science of bias with rare insight and accessibility, but it is also a work with the power and craft to make us see why overcoming racial bias is so critical. "-Bryan Stevenson, New York Times bestselling author of Just Mercy

"This book helps us scientifically view how racial bias works in our own minds and throughout society.  We could not ask for a better guide to understand this reality than Jennifer Eberhardt. Her research reveals critical information that can help leaders better understand how biases can impact our judgment and how we are perceived by the communities we are sworn to serve."-Kamala D. Harris, United States Senator from California

"Jennifer is one of the great thinkers and one of the great voices of our time...I believe her book will change the conversation on race in our society--and perhaps our society itself."-Carol Dweck, author of New York Times bestseller Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

"Drawing on her pioneering research, Jennifer Eberhardt's new book offers a powerful exploration of how racial bias seeps into our classrooms, college campuses, police departments, and businesses."-Bruce Western, author of Punishment and Inequality in America and Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice Policy, Harvard University

"This book makes a significant contribution to our thinking about the role of bias in both our institutions and our perceptions."-Deb Bubb, Vice President, Human Resources, IBM Chief Leadership and Learning Officer

"Biased is deeply relevant to education and other fields of work, within the U.S. and globally. Dr. Eberhardt's work offers a touchstone for educators, leaders, lawmakers, and all those who want a society that serves everyone equally."-Linda Darling-Hammond, author of The Flat World and Education: How America's Commitment to Equity will Determine our Future

"This is not someone who is just doing work in the ivory tower of a university. This is someone who is really out in the trenches working with police departments and the criminal justice system." -Chris Magnus, Chief of Police, Tucson, Arizona

"She is saying things that make people uncomfortable, but she has the evidence to back up the reality of what's she's describing... [her work is]...original, provocative, and rigorous. I think she has changed the way we all think about the American dilemma of race."-Susan Fiske, Psychologist, Princeton University 

"There was not a field of social psychology and criminal justice, and then there was Jennifer Eberhardt, and then there was a field."-Phillip Goff, Co-founder and President, Center for Policing Equity at John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Biographical NoteDr. Jennifer Eberhardt is a professor of psychology at Stanford and a recipient of a 2014 MacArthur "genius" grant. She has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was named one of Foreign Policy's 100 Leading Global Thinkers. She is co-founder and co-director of SPARQ (Social Psychological Answers to Real-World Questions), a Stanford Center that brings together researchers and practitioners to address significant social problems.