Thomas Craemer, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Public Policy (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My research interests are in the domains of implicit racial attitudes and race-related policies. I am planning a project that investigates the possible impact of US aid provider’s implicit racial attitudes on health-related aid outcomes for Haitian recipients. Specifically, US aid providers would supply Haitian aid recipients without access to clean drinking water with Sawyer water filters and with training on how to use and maintain them. Expectations are that the US aid providers’ implicit racial attitudes impact training success and as a result the pathogen count in the drinking water after filtering by the Haitian recipient. Clean water is a critical public health concern in Haiti, especially in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake and the subsequent cholera epidemic.

I have used implicit racial attitude measures (Implicit Closeness to Blacks, Subliminal Race Priming, and the Implicit Association Test) in a number of studies investigating their impact on support for race-related policies like affirmative action, government aid to minorities, and slavery reparations, as well as voting intentions for Barack Obama in the 2008 elections. I have found consistently strong effects even after controlling for explicit attitudes and political as well as demographic background variables.


Ph.D.: Stony Brook University (2005)
Examination Fields: Political Psychology, American Politics, Statistical Methodology
Dissertation Title: Bridges over Troubled Waters. Racial Solidarity across the Color Line?
Committee: Charles Taber (chair), Milton Lodge, Stanley Feldman, Leonie Huddy, Arthur Aron

M.A.: Stony Brook University (2002)

Doctorate: University of Tuebingen, Germany (2001), Political Science.
Dissertation Title: Ursprung Sozialen Altruismus’ (Engl.: Origin of Social Altruism)
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Masters: University of Tuebingen, Germany (1997), Political Science, Computer Science, Russian Language (A).

Recent Publications


Featured Publications

Craemer, T. (2014). Estimating Slavery Reparations: Present Value Comparisons of Historical Multigenerational Reparations Policies. Forthcoming in Social Science Quarterly.

Craemer, T. (2014). Implicit Closeness to Blacks, Support for Affirmative Action, Slavery Reparations, and Vote Intentions for Barack Obama in the 2008 Elections. Forthcoming in Basic and Applied Social Psychology.

Orey, B.D., Craemer. T., and Price, M. (2013). Implicit Racial Attitude Measures in Black Samples: IAT, Subliminal Priming, and Implicit Black Identification. PS: Political Science & Politics, 46(3): 550-552.

Craemer, T., Shaw, T. C., Edwards, C., and Jefferson, H. (2013). ‘Race Still Matters, However…’: Implicit Identification with Blacks, Pro-Black Policy Support and the Obama Candidacy. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 36(6): 1047-1069.

Craemer, T. (2011) Invisible Norms? Statistics of Racial Polarization and Consensus. Social Science Research, 40: 1170-1185.

Craemer, T. (2010). Possible Implicit Mechanisms of Minority Representation. Political Psychology, 31(6): 797-829.

Craemer, T. (2010a). Evaluating Racial Disparities in Hurricane Katrina Relief Using Direct Trailer Counts in New Orleans and FEMA Records. Public Administration Review70(3): 367-377.

Craemer, T. (2010b). Ancestral Ambivalence and Racial Self-Classification Change. Social Science Journal 47: 307-25.

Craemer, T. (2009a). Framing Reparations. The Policy Studies Journal 37(2): 275-298.

Craemer, T. (2009b). Psychological ‘Self-Other Overlap’ and Support for Slavery Reparations. Social Science Research 38: 668-80.

Craemer, T. (2008). Nonconscious Feelings of Closeness toward African Americans and Support for Pro-Black Policies. Political Psychology, 29(3): 407-436.

Craemer, T. (2007). An Evolutionary Model of Racial Attitude Formation: Socially Shared and Idiosyncratic Racial Attitudes. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 614(1): 6-14. (Invited)


Contact Information
Mailing AddressDepartment of Public Policy
1800 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117-2697