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Nicola Curtin

Nicola Curtin

  • SPN Mentor

I received my Ph.D. in Psychology (Personality and Social Contexts) and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan, and my undergraduate degree in psychology from Smith College. I joined Clark University in September 2011.

My primary line of research examines the role of social identity and individual differences in commitments to creating social change, with a particular interest in ally and coalitional activism. In a secondary line of research, I have examined student socialization to the academy, focusing on working-class students, as well as comparisons of domestic and international students in the U.S.

Using methods and theoretical foundations from social and personality psychology, as well as gender and cultural studies, I take an interdisciplinary approach to examining social structure, identity, and personality.

I currently teach Introduction to Social Psychology and Laboratory in Social Psychology, and am interested in teaching courses on the Psychology of Activism (specifically with a focus on gender and race), advanced courses in social psychology, and Psychology of Gender.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Gender Psychology
  • Group Processes
  • Helping, Prosocial Behavior
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Political Psychology
  • Self and Identity
  • Sexuality, Sexual Orientation

Research Group or Laboratory:


  • Curtin, N., & Stewart, A. J. (2011). Linking personal and social histories with collective identity narratives. In S.Wiley, G. Philogène, & T. A. Revenson (Eds.), Social categories in everyday experience (pp. 83-102). Washington DC: American Psychological Association.

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Courses Taught:

Nicola Curtin
Frances L. Hiatt School of Psychology
Clark University
950 Main Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01610
United States

  • Phone: (508) 793-8862

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