Faculty Associate

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Amanda Diekman, Professor
Department of Psychology

Office: Psychology Bldg

Diekman Research Group

My research program focuses on understanding group differences, stereotypes about groups, and social change. I approach these questions from a social role theory framework (e.g., Diekman, Eagly, & Johnston, 2010), which is a broad-ranging perspective that locates the root cause of group differences and beliefs about groups in the group’s position in the social structure. Much of my work recently has converged around the idea that individuals are motivated to adopt role-congruent characteristics and to avoid role-incongruent characteristics. The major focus of my research program currently is using role congruity theory to understand why women opt out of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.