Daniel Storage

Daniel Shafik Storage

Teaching Assistant Professor

  • Faculty

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 minors in both Social Psychology 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

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 recently published an article with researchers at Harvard University and New York University that documented 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.

Areas of Research

prejudice and discrimination
open science

Featured Publications


Branit, H., Storage, D. S., & Brooks, D. (2020). Minority Mental Health: Differences in Use of Mental Health Resources. Research & Scholarship Showcase. Denver, CO: University of Denver.
Setoh, P., Zhao, S., Storage, D., & Cimpian, A. (2019). Singaporean Children's Implicit Ethnic Stereotypes about Intelligence. Society for Research in Child Development. Baltimore, MD.
Storage, D. (2018). Messages in the classroom about the importance of "brilliance" and "genius" for success may hinder diversity and inclusion in higher education. Annual Conference on Teaching. Phoenix, AZ.
Storage, D., Horne, Z., Cimpian, A., & Leslie, S. -J. (2018). The frequency of "brilliant" and "genius" in teaching evaluations predicts the representation of women and African Americans across academia. Illinois Summit on Diversity in Psychological Science. Urbana, IL.
Storage, D., Cimpian, A., & Leslie, S. -J. (2017). Children and Adults Associate Intellectual Giftedness With Men Over Women. Cognitive Development Society. Portland, OR.


  • "Invest in Innovation" Grant, Center for Innovation in the Liberal and Creative Arts (CILCA)
  • 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