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.
- 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.
- Cortina, L. M., Curtin, N., & Stewart, A. J. (in press). Where is social structure in personality research? A feminist analysis of publication trends. Psychology of Women Quarterly.
- Curtin, N., Stewart, A. J., & Ostrove, J. M. (in press). Fostering academic self-concept: Advisor support and sense of belonging among international and domestic graduate students. American Educational Research Journal.
- Curtin, N., Stewart, A. J., & Duncan, L. E. (2010). What makes the political personal? Openness, personal political salience, and activism. Journal of Personality, 78(3), 943-968.
- Curtin, N., Ward, L. M., Merriwether, A., & Caruthers, A. (2011). Femininity ideology and sexual health in young women: A focus on sexual knowledge, embodiment, and agency. International Journal of Sexual Health, 23(1), 48-62.
- McGuire, K., Stewart A. J., & Curtin, N. (2010). Becoming feminist activists: Comparing narratives. Feminist Studies, 36(1), 99-129.
- Stewart, A. J., Cortina, L. M., & Curtin, N. (2008). Does gender matter in personality psychology? Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2(5), 2034-2048.
Frances L. Hiatt School of Psychology
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