Dr. Fine served as chair of the Social/Personality Psychology Program during the 2008-2011 academic years. For the past 20 years, Dr. Fine has been engaged in varied critical participatory research projects, across diverse contexts including schools, communities and prisons, to document, interrupt and organize for just alternatives to injustice. The intellectual history of this work sits in the social psychological legacy of Kurt Lewin, W.E.B. DuBois and Marie Jahoda, Ignacio Martin Baro. Crafted in critical race, feminist, neo-liberal and post-colonial theory and through critical participatory methods, these projects are designed toward critical theoretical interventions, to produce social policy/amicus briefs and "to be of use" in social movements for human rights.
A Distinguished Professor of Social Psychology, Women's Studies and Urban Education at the GC, Dr. Fine has taught at the Graduate Center, CUNY since 1992 and is a founding member of the Participatory Action Research Collective/Public Science Project at the Graduate Center. From 1981 – 1992, she was a member of the Human Development faculty at the University of Pennsylvania and since that time has had the privilege of teaching (and mostly learning) in New Zealand, Cyprus, China, Israel/Palestine, Canada and Turkey.
She has authored, co-authored or edited 20 academic books on topics as varied as high school dropouts, women with disabilities, critical race theory, feminist psychology, Muslim American youth, participatory action research methods and the impact of college on women in prison. Usually with students, she has authored or co-authored more than 70 chapters in key national and international volumes and more than 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals in the U.S. and in European psychological journals. Over the past 30 years, Fine has published in most highly competitive journals within the disciplines of psychology and education, including the American Psychologist, the Journal of Social Issues, the Counseling Psychologist, Harvard Educational Review and Teachers College Record.