Joan Ostrove

Professor and Chair
Psychology and Social Structure

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


Joan Ostrove's research concerns the connections between individual psychology and social structure. She is 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. Joan Ostrove is currently examining what the qualities of effective alliances across differences of social identity are (e.g., alliances between people of color and white people, between people with disabilities and non-disabled 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.

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

Selected publications

Brown, K. T. & Ostrove, J. M. (2013). What does it mean to be an ally?: The perception of allies from the perspective of people of color. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43, 2211-2222.

Ostrove, J. M., & Rinaldi, J. (2013). Introduction to special issue “Self-reflection as scholarly praxis:  Researcher identity in Disability Studies,” Disability Studies Quarterly, 33(2).

Ostrove, J. M., & Coffman, S. (2012). The psychology of love in the context of physical disability:  Reframing culture, exposing oppression, narrating resistance.  In M. Paludi (Ed). The Psychology of Love, Volume 4 (pp. 95-110). Santa Barbara, CA:  Praeger.

Ostrove, J. M., Stewart, A. J., & Curtin, N. (2011).  Social class and belonging:  Implications for graduate students’ career aspirations. Journal of Higher Education82, 748-774.

Ostrove, J. M., & Oliva, G. A. (2010).  Identifying allies:  Explorations of Deaf-hearing relationships.  In S. Burch & A. Kafer (Eds.) Deaf and disability studies: Interdisciplinary perspectives (pp. 105-119), Washington, D.C.:  Gallaudet University Press.

Ostrove, J. M., Cole, E. R., & Oliva, G. A. (2009).  Toward a feminist liberation psychology of alliances.  Feminism & Psychology19, 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.

Zucker, A. N., & Ostrove, J. M. (2007).  Meanings of sex and gender for a new generation of feminist psychologists.  Feminism & Psychology17, 470-474. 

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.

*denotes Macalester student co-author