Blum Center Associate Director Paul Piff is one of this year’s winners of the Dean’s Award for Inclusionary Excellence.

Each year, the Dean of the School of Social Ecology recognizes a faculty member and graduate student whose research showcases diversity and inclusion.

Dr. Piff was selected for his manuscript titled “Shifting Attributions for Poverty Motivates Opposition to Inequality and Enhances Egalitarianism,” published in Nature: Human Behavior.

Drawing on a total sample of 34,442 individuals, the research finds that attributing poverty to situational forces is associated with greater concern about inequality, preference for egalitarian policies and inequality-reducing behavior. One of the studies demonstrates that a 10-minute poverty simulation can increase compassion for the poor and equality-enhancing values up to five months later.

Read more about the other award winners here.