Collegiate Affiliation

Drexler James, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He is also an affiliate faculty member of the Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center at UMN. Drexler is the primary investigator of the Health, Intersectionality, Essentialism, & Stigma research team. He received his Ph.D. in Social & Personality Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he also minored in Community Health Research. He completed his undergraduate studies in Psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Drexler is a Health Equity and Disparities scholar who examines the social and psychological determinants of health among minoritized groups, particularly African American adults and men of color who have sex with men. Drexler also has interests in studying the health and social consequences of biological race essentialism.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • B.Sc.: Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D.: Social & Personality Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago


  • Racism and Health
  • Psychological Essentialism: Biological Racial Essentialism
  • Social and Psychology Determinants of Health
  • Internalized Stigma (Racism, Heterosexism)
  • Health Disparities and Health Equity