Professor of Psychology
Psychology and Social Structure

Olin-Rice Science Center, 325


Curriculum Vitae

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

PhD: University of Michigan

Certificate in Women’s Studies: University of Michigan

Selected publications

Ostrove, J. M., & Brown, K. T. (2018). Are allies who we think they are?: A comparative analysis. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 48, 194-204.

Oliva, G., Lytle, L., Hopper, M., Ostrove, J. (2016).  From social periphery to social centrality:  Building social capital for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in the 21st century.  In M. Marschark, V. Lampropoulou, & E. Skordilis (Eds.), Diversity in deaf education (pp. 325-354). NY: Oxford University Press.

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.

Curtin, N., Stewart, A. J., & Ostrove, J. M. (2013). Fostering academic self-concept: Advisor support and sense of belonging among international and domestic graduate students. American Educational Research Journal, 50, 108-137. doi: 10.3102/0002831212446662