Jason Okonofua is interested in how stereotyping and prejudice can work to shape individuals' lives. He places this interest in the context of hierarchal interaction (i.e between an employer and employee; prison guard and prisoner; high rank officer and low rank officer; teacher and student). His current focus is on the social mechanisms that lead to educational achievement and juvenile justice disparities according to race, gender, and class. How are there such phenomena as the so called 'achievement gaps' and 'school-to-prison pipeline'? How can subconscious attitudes and behaviors interact such that social labels take real form in the fashion of social disparities? Jason is exploring the dynamics of stereotype-threat and interracial interaction in hopes of discovering more effective public policy and social interventions.