Critical Social/Personality Psychology

The Critical Social/Personality Program (CSP) at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York is recognized for its intellectual commitments to history, theory, multiple methodologies, interdisciplinarity, and research for social action. Our students learn to understand their work in historical, social, and political contexts; to be literate in a wide range of epistemological and methodological traditions, including qualitative and quantitative approaches to research; and to become responsible advocates for change within the discipline of psychology, our local communities, policy-making sites, and larger social movements. Students prepare for post-graduate work in policy, public scholarship, university life, organizing, advocacy, and teaching. Our graduates are well-placed in academic positions, foundations, community organizations, and public policy think tanks.

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Michelle Fine
Training Area Head and Distinguished Professor
CUNY Graduate Center
Email: mfine@gc.cuny.edu
Phone: (212) 817-8724

Program Description

At the center of this work is our strong, interdisciplinary, and collaborative community cultivated at the intersection of the academy and public life. We inhabit many communities – those concerned with social and environmental justice, place and public life, identity, and community. We are committed to the idea that, as psychologists, our social inquiry can contribute to social justice and human welfare. By doing so, we hope to contribute to a vital and engaged social psychology.

Many faculty at the Graduate Center also serve as faculty at other CUNY campuses (e.g., Hunter, Queens, Brooklyn, College of Staten Island, Kingsborough Community College, and John Jay College of Criminal Justice). They draw from a number of disciplines and interdisciplinary programs (e.g., anthropology, sociology, education, social work, geography, American studies, gender/women’s studies, and Africana studies). In addition, our program often benefits from visiting faculty from other universities in the USA and abroad. All doctoral and visiting faculty are encouraged to participate fully in the life of the program as advisors, teachers, and research supervisors for Ph.D. students.

From the first-year forward, students engage in intensive studies and collaborations with faculty and students from other cohorts. Doctoral students are invited to become actively involved in all phases of faculty research. They are encouraged to develop their own research foci and work with several faculty members to enjoy a diverse range of research experiences. Most students are also deeply involved with our community, community-based organizations, and social movements within and beyond CUNY and New York City.

Our program is designed so that students will develop deep discipline-based knowledge and skills along with a broad, interdisciplinary exposure to social science history, theory, and diverse methodologies. Toward this end, students have the opportunity to take courses across psychology as well as in other disciplines represented at the Graduate Center (e.g., history, sociology, English, geography, criminal justice, urban education, social welfare, public health, anthropology, women’s studies); enroll in courses at several other universities via the Graduate Center’s consortia arrangement with other universities in New York City (see the Graduate Center Student Handbook); and/or pursue concentrations that include qualitative methods, quantitative methods, health psychology, Women’s Studies, Africana Studies, New Media Studies, and/or take courses at the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies.

Doctoral candidates at the CUNY Graduate Center can gain certification in such interdisciplinary areas as Women’s Studies and Advanced Social Science Methods as well as pursue the Qualitative and Quantitative Methods Concentrations. They can also participate in Graduate Center-based research centers such as: the Center for Human Environments (CHE), the Center for Urban Education, the Center for Lesbian/Gay/Queer Studies (CLAGS), the Center of African American and Caribbean Diaspora (IRADAC), Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, and the New Media Lab.

Critical Social/Personality and Environmental Psychology Faculty

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Luis Barrios

Professor

  • Psychology

Professor

  • Social Welfare
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Melissa Checker

Associate Professor

  • Psychology

Assistant Professor

  • Anthropology

Assistant Professor

  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
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Kandice Chuh

Professor

  • English

Professor

  • Psychology

Professor

  • Liberal Studies

Professor

  • American Studies

Professor

  • Africana Studies
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Colette Daiute

Professor

  • Urban Education

Professor

  • Educational Psychology

Professor

  • Psychology

Professor

  • Interactive Technology and Pedagogy
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Dana-Ain Davis

Professor

  • Anthropology

Professor

  • Psychology

Director and Professor

  • Women's and Gender Studies

Director

  • Center for the Study of Women and Society
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Michelle Fine

Distinguished Professor

  • Urban Education

Distinguished Professor

  • Psychology

Distinguished Professor

  • Liberal Studies

Distinguished Professor

  • Women's and Gender Studies

Distinguished Professor

  • American Studies
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Nicholas Freudenberg

Distinguished Professor

  • Psychology

Distinguished Professor

  • Social Welfare

Distinguished Professor

  • Africana Studies
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Roger Hart

Professor

  • Psychology

Professor

  • Social Welfare

Professor

  • Earth and Environmental Sciences

Director

  • Center for Human Environments
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Tarry Hum

Professor

  • Psychology

Professor

  • International Migration Studies

Professor

  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
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Cindi Katz

Professor

  • Earth and Environmental Sciences

Professor

  • Psychology

Professor

  • American Studies

Professor

  • Women's and Gender Studies

Deputy Executive Officer

  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
Hosu Kim

Hosu Kim

Associate Professor

  • Psychology
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Setha Low

Distinguished Professor

  • Psychology

Distinguished Professor

  • Earth and Environmental Sciences

Distinguished Professor

  • Anthropology

Distinguished Professor

  • Women's and Gender Studies
Wendy Luttrell

Wendy Luttrell

Executive Officer and Professor

  • Urban Education

Professor

  • Psychology

Professor

  • Sociology

Professor

  • Women's and Gender Studies
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Jeff Maskovsky

Executive Officer and Professor

  • Anthropology

Professor

  • Psychology
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Michael K. Menser

Assistant Professor

  • Earth and Environmental Sciences

Assistant Professor

  • Psychology
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Brett Stoudt

Assistant Professor and Training Area Head

  • Psychology

Assistant Professor

  • Social Welfare
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Celina Su

Professor

  • Psychology

Professor

  • Urban Education

Professor

  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
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Deborah Tolman

Professor

  • Psychology

Professor

  • Social Welfare

Professor

  • Women's and Gender Studies
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Maria Elena Torre

Research Scientist

  • Psychology

Director and Co-Founder, The Public Science Project

  • Urban Education