Faculty & Staff
Professor/Chair of the Psychology Department
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Lauren Duncan received a Ph.D. in Personality Psychology and a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies from the University of Michigan in 1995 and a B.A. in Economics in 1987 from the University of Southern California.
She teaches Psychology of Women and Gender, Political Psychology, Research Methods in Psychology, a Seminar in the Psychology of Political Activism, and a Research Seminar in Political Psychology.
Her research interests are based on the following questions:
- What motivates some people to want to change society whereas others want to keep it the same?
- What motivates some people interested in political and social issues to act on their beliefs?
She is currently working with Smith students to develop measures of group consciousness or politicized group identities-specifically, feminist consciousness and queer consciousness. She is also working on studies assessing the relationship between cognitive rigidity and right wing authoritarianism.
Students who want to get involved in Professor Duncan’s research should first take a class with her and take Research Methods as well.
Her personal interests include reading, running, attending the various sporting and other activities of her three sons, hiking, swimming and other outdoor activities.
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