Psychology and Social Structure

Olin-Rice Science Center, 325


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