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Congratulations to Dr. Bernice Lott!

Dr. Bernice Lott recently released a book entitled “"Multiculturalism and Diversity: A Social Psychological Perspective," Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.

Bernice Lott is Professor Emerita of Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Rhode Island and is a former Dean of its University College. She has taught at the University of Colorado and Kentucky State College and was a visiting scholar/professor at Brown University’s Center for Research and Teaching on Women, Stanford University’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the Department of Psychology in Waikato University, New Zealand, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Dr.Lott received her university’s Excellence Award for scholarly achievement, served as president of APA’s Division 35 (The Psychology of Women), and has been honored for scholarly, teaching, mentoring and social policy contributions by APA’s Committee on Women, Division 35, the Association for Women in Psychology, and the National Multicultural Conference and Summit. In 1999, The University of Rhode Island awarded her the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. She is the author of numerous theoretical and empirical articles, chapters and books in the areas of social learning, gender, poverty and other social issues and is a Fellow of APA and of Divisions 1, 8, 9, and 35. Her areas of interest are interpersonal discrimination; the intersections among gender, ethnicity, and social class; multicultural issues; the social psychology of poverty; and the social psychology of dissent. She represented Division 9 (SPSSI) on APA’s Council of Representatives from 2001 to 2007; is a member of an Interdivisional Minority Pipeline Project working on strategies to increase the recruitment and retention of graduate students of color; and has represented Divisions 9 and 35 on the coalition of Divisions for Social Justice. A 2007 book (co-authored with Heather Bullock) on economic injustice was honored by the National Library Association and the association for Women in Psychology. This is her newest book.

Below is a description from the book cover:

Multiculturalism and Diversity focuses on the ways in which history and identity inform each other, and examines the politics of culture as well as the politics of cultural identities within the U.S.

  • Illustrates the basic proposition that each of us is a unique multicultural human being and that culture affects individual self-definition, experience, behavior, and social interaction
  • Moves from early simple definitions of multiculturalism to more complex understandings focused on culture as learned, teachable (shared), and fluid
  • Uses a critical approach to the study of culture and personal identity that is informed by historical and social factors and an appreciation of their interaction
  • Examines the various cultural threads within the mosaic of a person’s multicultural self such as sexual identity, gender, social class, and ethnicity

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