Episode 14: Dr. Steven Spencer, Psychology Professor, Ohio State University

October 17, 2017

It's time for another mini episode as part of the President's Dream Colloquium, this time with Dr. Steven Spencer, Psychology Professor and Researcher at Ohio State University. Danniele chats with Dr. Spencer about the exciting work he and others are undertaking at the Engendering Success in STEM Consortium to create environments in which women and girls can reach their true, actual potential in STEM.

Guest: Dr. Steven Spencer (website)

Dr. Spencer is the Robert K. and Dale J. Weary Chair in Social Psychology at The Ohio State University. After brief stints at the State University of New York at Buffalo and Hope College as an Assistant Professor, he was at the University of Waterloo for 19 years before coming to Ohio State in 2016. He has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, as the chair of the executive committee of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, and won the Gordon Allport Prize for his paper with Greg Walton on Latent Ability.

Dr. Spencer does research on motivation and the self, particularly on how these factors affect stereotyping and prejudice. In examining motivation and the self, he also examines how implicit processes that are outside of people’s awareness affect people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. In examining stereotyping and prejudice, he studies how threats to the self-concept can lead to stereotyping and prejudice, and how this stereotyping and prejudice affects subsequent feelings about the self. He also examines how being a member of a stereotyped group affects people’s self-concept and academic performance.

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Hosted by: Danniele Livengood (@livengood)
Theme Music: “Positive and Fun” by Scott Holmes
Produced by: Vanessa Reich-Shackelford