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Patricia Gurin

Patricia Gurin

Patricia Gurin is the Nancy Cantor Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. She is a Faculty Associate of the Research Center for Group Dynamics at the Institute for Social Research and of the Center for African and Afro-American Studies. She directs the research program of the Program on Intergroup Relations, a curricular program co-sponsored by the College of LS&A and the Division of Student Affairs. A social psychologist, Dr. Gurin’s work has focused on social identity, the role of social identity in political attitudes and behavior, motivation and cognition in achievement settings, and the role of social structure in intergroup relations. She is the author of eight books and monographs and numerous articles on these topics. She is an expert witness in the University of Michigan’s defense of its undergraduate and law school admissions policies. In collaboration with Sylvia Hurtado, Eric Dey, and Gerald Gurin, all of the Center for Post-Secondary and Higher Education at the University of Michigan, she provided the expert report on the Educational Value of Diversity for these lawsuits.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Gender Psychology
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Political Psychology
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Self and Identity

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Journal Articles:

  • Gurin, P., Dey, E. L., Hurtado, S., & Gurin, G. (2002). Diversity and higher education: Theory and impact on educational outcomes. Harvard Educational Review, 72(3), 330-366.
  • Gurin, P., Hurtado, A., & Peng, T. (1994). Group contacts and ethnicity in the social identities of Mexicanos and Chicanos. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 20, 521-532.
  • Hurtado, A., Gurin, P., & Peng, T. (1994). Social identities: A framework for studying the adaptations of Mexican-descent population. Social Problems, 41, 129-151.
  • Lopez, G. E., Gurin, P., & Nagda, B.A. (1998). Education and understanding structural causes for group inequalities. Political Psychology, 19(2), 305-329.

Patricia Gurin
Department of Psychology
East Hall, University of Michigan
530 Church Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
United States

  • Phone: (734) 936-1875
  • Fax: (734) 615-7873

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