Kay Deaux, CUNY Graduate Center, Distinguished Professor Emerita


Immigration creates and partially defines diversity in the United States. Moreover, immigrants themselves are a diverse lot, varying in terms of what they bring to their new country and what they encounter once they have arrived. The study of immigrant experience offers an important perspective on the psychological processes of social identity and change. For immigrants, the definition of ethnic and national identity can be a central concern, one that is critically influenced by experiences with stereotypic judgments and discriminatory behavior. These processes are shaped in distinctive ways by generation, ethnic group membership and by the social climate in the host country. In my talk I will review these issues and present the results of several studies that illustrate ethnic and generational differences in identification, self-esteem, ideological beliefs, responses to stereotype threat and orientation toward collective action.


Kay Deaux is a Visiting Research Scholar in the Department of Psychology, New York University, and Distinguished Professor of Psychology Emerita and Women’s Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research and writing interests center on the social psychological aspects of immigration, and in particular the issues that immigrants face in negotiating identities in new circumstances. Examples of this work include stereotype threat processes among West Indian immigrants in the United States and Turkish immigrants in Germany, and the relation of ethnic identity to social/political beliefs, support for collective action, and the development of national identity. In addition, a career-long interest in gender continues, including issues at the interface of gender and immigration.

This talk is part of the Psychology Diversity Science Initiative Lecture Series. This initiative aims to advance theoretical and research perspectives on underrepresented minority groups in the behavioral sciences.

This series is sponsored by the UCLA Psychology Department, the Dean of Life Sciences and the Office for Faculty Diversity & Development.

Event Location: 
Haines Hall A2
Event Date and Time: 
Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Diversity Science

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