Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Stigma
This course, which I first developed and taught at UW-Madison, explores the psychological origins, expressions, and effects of prejudice. Covering both classic and contemporary research and theories, the course considers the relationship between stereotyping and prejudice and the ways that stereotypes are formed, represented in the mind, maintained, and changed. The course examines manifestations of stereotypes, from subtle discrimination to overt heinous acts, such as hate crimes and genocide.
In this course, we also consider how stereotyping and discrimination affect the members of stigmatized groups, including their mental and physical health. We investigate how stereotyping and prejudice may be different based on the stigmatized group in question (e.g., race, gender, orientation).
In exploring these topics, we cross through many methodologies and disciplines within psychology, including Social, Cognitive, Developmental, and Clinical, and we also venture into related fields, such as Sociology, Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, and LGB Studies. This course emphasizes a cross-disciplinary approach to understanding these phenomena.
I have always been a passionate advocate of comprehensive sex education, and being a sex educator is important to me. Therefore, I was ecstatic to have the opportunity to work as a lab instructor for Janet Hyde’s Human Sexuality class at UW-Madison. My human sexuality course would cross into many disciplines, including biology, sociology, law, social psychology, clinical psychology, and developmental psychology. It would cover issues related to gender, orientation, and sexuality across the lifespan and across cultures.
Theory and Practice of Science
I am very passionate about theory of science (Link to scientific philosophy page). This passion become most clear to me in a graduate class taught by Lyn Abramson on “how to think like a scientist.” My theory and practice of science class covers how to develop, evaluate, and test theories, theory of measurement, philosophy of statistical inference and interpretations, and practical concerns for being a scientist and an active member of the scientific community.