College of Science and Health Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

Fall 11-21-2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Christine Reyna, PhD

Second Advisor

Yan Li, PhD


Within the past few years, White nationalism has been on the rise due to societal changes and feelings of uncertainty for White Americans' perceptions of their racial group’s future. As a result, many have speculated what may be a factor in this rise. Previously it has been found that having a high White identity is associated with White nationalist ideologies. However, White identity may not be enough to drive White nationalist ideologies and the violence that can follow. Feelings of entitlement towards status, preferential treatment, and resources may contribute to White nationalist ideologies based on beliefs of superiority and deservedness over other groups. Furthermore, when expectations associated with their racial identity are not met, extreme violence may occur to “right” the “wrong” against their racial group and identity. This dissertation will explore how entitlement influences White identity which can contribute to White nationalist ideologies and intergroup violence.

SLP Collection


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Psychology Commons