Dr. Amanda Diekman

Teaching Interests:

The courses I have taught recently range from a first-year seminar on social justice to advanced graduate courses on gender, intergroup relations, research methods, and teaching. In each course, the students and I work to understand how empirical evidence can inform questions of interest, which often results in the design of new investigations or projects, or the collection of primary data. We also focus on communicating psychological science to others in both oral and written forms.

My teaching interests also include facilitating student engagement in the research process outside of the classroom context. In my research group, undergraduate and graduate students work with me to design studies, collect and analyze data, and present those findings.  In addition, I coordinate the Departmental Honors Sequence in Psychology, in which students work closely with a faculty mentor to conduct and present their own primary research.

Recent courses: Psychology of Women; Gender and Development; Senior Honors Thesis; Teaching of Psychology

Research Interests:

My research program focuses on understanding group differences, stereotypes about groups, and social change. I approach these questions from a social role theory framework (e.g., Diekman, Eagly, & Johnston, 2010), which is a broad-ranging perspective that locates the root cause of group differences and beliefs about groups in the group’s position in the social structure. Much of my work recently has converged around the idea that individuals are motivated to adopt role-congruent characteristics and to avoid role-incongruent characteristics.  The major focus of my research program currently is using role congruity theory to understand why women opt out of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.

Professional Recognition:

  • Funding from the National Science Foundation, The Missing Piece of the STEM Puzzle: The Role of Communion in Women’s Career Decisions
  • Fellow, Society of Experimental Social Psychology
  • Associate Editor, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
  • Editorial Board, Social Psychology
  • Co-Editor, Special Issue on Malleability of Intergroup Stereotypes and Attitudes, Social Psychology

Representative Publications:

Diekman, A.B., Clark, E.K., Johnston, A.M., Brown, E.R., & Steinberg, M. (2011). Malleability in communal goals and beliefs influences attraction to STEM careers: Evidence for a goal congruity perspective. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101, 902-918.

Brown, E. R., Diekman, A. B., & Schneider, M.C. (2011). A change will do us good: Threats diminish typical preferences for male leaders. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 930-941.

Brown, E. R., & Diekman, A. B. (2010). What will I be? Exploring gender differences in near and distant possible selves. Sex Roles, 63, 568-579.

Diekman, A. B., Brown, E. R., Johnston, A. M., & Clark, E. K. (2010). Seeking congruity between roles and goals: A new look at why women opt out of STEM careers. Psychological Science, 21, 1051-1057.

Diekman, A. B., Eagly, A. H., & Johnston, A. M. (2010). Social structure. In J. F. Dovidio, M. Hewstone, P. Glick & V. M. Esses (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Discrimination (pp. 209-224). New York: Sage.

Diekman, A. B., & Schneider, M. C. (2010). A social role theory perspective on gender gaps in political attitudes. Psychology of Women Quarterly.

Eagly, A. H., Diekman, A. B., Johannesen-Schmidt, M. C., & Koenig, A. G. (2004). Gender gaps in sociopolitical attitudes: A social psychological analysis. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 87, 796-816.

Evans, C. D., & Diekman, A. B. (2009). On motivated role selection: Gender beliefs, distant goals, and career preferences. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 33, 235-249.

Related Links:

Social Roles Lab
Departmental Honors Sequence