Daniel Shafik Storage

Teaching Assistant Professor

What I do

I am a Teaching Assistant Professor here at the University of Denver, which means I teach a variety of classes, serve on various committees, and stay active in research.


stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination, underrepresentation in higher education, statistics and research methods

Professional Biography

In June of 2018, I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with my PhD in Developmental Psychology (with split minors in both Social and Cognitive Psychology). I also earned my Master's at the University of Illinois, and before that I earned my Bachelor's of Science at the University of California at San Diego. My chief interests involve teaching and mentoring students as well as researching how stereotypes and prejudice can contribute to the underrepresentation of women and African Americans both in and beyond STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines.


  • Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018
  • MA, Developmental Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015
  • BS, Psychology, University of California San Diego, 2013

Licensure / Accreditations

  • Graduate Teacher Certificate

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for the Teaching of Psychology
  • Open Science Framework
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society
  • Phi Betta Kappa Honors Society
  • Golden Key International Honour Society
  • National Society for Collegiate Scholars


My research primarily involves investigating the causes and effects of stereotypes about gender and race in our society. I am particularly interested in investigating how stereotypes targeting women and African Americans contribute to their underrepresentation in a variety of academic disciplines. For example, I am currently collaborating with researchers at Harvard University to document the existence of a "brilliance = White men" stereotype, which I believe plays a large role in contributing to underrepresentation in academia (particularly in fields that are said to require "brilliance" for success).

In conducting my research, I hope to (1) raise awareness to harmful beliefs and biases pervading our society, and (2) ultimately improve gender and racial diversity in higher education.


  • Singaporean Children’s Implicit Ethnic Stereotypes about Intelligence.
  • Messages in the classroom about the importance of “brilliance” and “genius” for success may hinder diversity and inclusion in higher education.
  • The frequency of “brilliant” and “genius” in teaching evaluations predicts the representation of women and African Americans across academia.
  • Children and Adults Associate Intellectual Giftedness With Men Over Women.
  • Who’s Brilliant – Men or Women? Measuring Implicit Gender Stereotypes About Intelligence.


  • Goss-Lucas Award for Excellence in Teaching Introductory Psychology, University of Illinois
  • Letters of Arts and Sciences College Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by a Graduate Teaching Assistant , University of Illinois