Joan Ostrove

Joan Ostrove

Personality Psychology

Olin-Rice Science Center, 325
Telephone: 651-696-6775


What are the qualities of effective alliances across differences of social identity?
Joan Ostrove is currently working on research about alliances between people of color and white people and between Deaf and hearing people. In particular, she is interested in the qualities that members of non-dominant groups look for in a potential dominant-group ally.

Joan Ostrove's research concerns the connections between individual psychology and social structure. She is particularly interested in the ways in which our positions in the social structure (specifically with respect to gender, social class, race, and disability), and at particular historical moments, shape our individual psychological experiences.

Dr. Ostrove has pursued these interests in the domains of women's midlife personality development, socioeconomic status and health, social class and the college experience, and relationships between people with disabilities and non-disabled people and between people of color and white people.   Currently, she is working on projects related to how social class background shapes people's experiences at college and graduate school, and on the qualities of effective alliances between people of color and white people and between Deaf and hearing people.

  • BA: Williams College
  • Certificate in Women's Studies, University of Michigan
  • PhD: University of Michigan

Selected publications

Ostrove, J. M., Stewart, A. J., & Curtin, N. (in press). Social class and belonging: Implications for graduate students’ career aspirations. Journal of Higher Education.

Ostrove, J. M., Cole, E. R., & Oliva, G. A. (2009). Toward a feminist liberation psychology of alliances. Feminism & Psychology, 19, 381-386.

Ostrove, J. M., Oliva, G., & Katowitz, A.* (2009). Reflections on the K-12 years in public schools: Relations with hearing teachers and peers from the perspective of deaf and hard-of-hearing adults. Disability Studies Quarterly, 29(3).

Ostrove, J. M., & Long, S. M.* (2007). Social class and belonging: Implications for college adjustment. The Review of Higher Education, 30, 363-389.

Ostrove, J. M., & Crawford, D.* (2006). One lady was so busy staring at me she walked into a wall: Interability relations from the perspective of women with disabilities. Disability Studies Quarterly, 26 (3).

Ostrove, J. M., & Cole., E. R. (2003). Privileging class: Toward a critical psychology of social class in the context of education. Journal of Social Issues, 59, 677-692.