Kay Deaux

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Kay Deaux
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Citizenship American
Occupation Distinguished Professor Emerita
Spouse(s) Sam Glucksberg
Awards SPSSI's Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize (1987), APA Division 35's Carolyn Wood Sherif Award (1987), APA Division 35's Heritage Research Award (1993), APA Committee on Women in Psychology Leadership Award (2001), SPSSI's Kurt Lewin Award (2007), Society for Personality and Social Psychology Distinguished Scholar Award (2016)
Academic background
Alma mater Northwestern University, University of Texas at Austin
Academic work
Institutions The Graduate Center, CUNY

Kay Deaux (b. 1941) is an American social psychologist whose work has focused on immigration and feminist identity.[1] Deaux is Distinguished Professor Emerita at the Department of Psychology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.[2] She was recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Scholar Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.[3]

Deaux served as President of the Association for Psychological Science from 1997-1998[4] and President of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues from 2004-2005.[5] She was a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation and served on the Advisory Committee on Cultural Contact and Immigration for the foundation.[6] Deaux is the author of three books: To Be an Immigrant, The Behavior of Women and Men, and Women of Steel: Female Blue-collar Workers in the Steel Industry related to her research surrounding immigration and feminism. She was senior editor of the Oxford Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology. Other edited volumes include Representations of the Social: Bridging Theoretical Traditions (with Gina Philogène), Social Psychology in the Seventies (with Lawrence Wrightsman), Social Psychology in the Eighties (with Lawrence Wrightsman), and Social Psychology in the '90s (with Francis Dane).

Deaux is well known for her work in immigration and gender issues, and her encouragement of social psychologists to study how issues of identity, ethnicity, inter-group contact, attitudes and motivation play out in the immigration process.[7]


Deaux faced many obstacles in her career. She was the only female professor at a graduate school and was turned down for multiple jobs. She got her first job at Wright State University. She faced discrimination after realizing she was paid significantly less than her male counterparts.

Her research and writing interests center on the social psychological aspects of immigration, and in particular the issues that immigrants face in negotiating identities in new circumstances. Examples of this work include stereotype threat processes among West Indian immigrants in the United States and Turkish immigrants in Germany, the relation of ethnic identity to social/political beliefs, support for collective action and the development of national identity. She has a career-long interest in gender, including issues combining gender and immigration.

Research in psychology[edit]

Deaux began to shy away from traditional research to focus on issues related to sexism in the workplace, feminism and other gender issues. She helped start a Women's Program at Purdue University. Her research on stereotypes and discriminatory practices was used in a US Supreme Court case.

Deaux researched men's patriarchal role in society and the earliest mentions of sexist behavior, specifically in religion. Her work compares these traditional roles and behaviors with modern stereotypes and today's gender roles. The practices that Deaux studies include how women rely on men financially and for physical protection.[8]

Deaux wrote about immigration and self-esteem and found that immigrants have no regard for White Americans' perception of their culture due to repeat appraisal from members of the same cultural heritage.[9]

Selected Articles[edit]

  • Ashmore, R. D., Deaux, K., & McLaughlin-Volpe, T. (2004). An organizing framework for collective identity: articulation and significance of multidimensionality. Psychological Bulletin, 130(1), 80-114.
  • Deaux, K. (2000). Surveying the landscape of immigration: Social psychological perspectives. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 10(5), 421-431.
  • Deaux, K. (2006). A nation of immigrants: Living our legacy. Journal of Social issues, 62(3), 633-651.
  • Deaux, K. (2008). To be an American: Immigration, hyphenation, and incorporation. Journal of Social Issues, 64(4), 925-943.
  • Deaux, K., Bikmen, N., Gilkes, A., Ventuneac, A., Joseph, Y., Payne, Y. A., & Steele, C. M. (2007). Becoming American: Stereotype threat effects in Afro-Caribbean immigrant groups. Social Psychology Quarterly, 70(4), 384-404.
  • Deaux, K., Reid, A., Martin, D., & Bikmen, N. (2006). Ideologies of diversity and inequality: Predicting collective action in groups varying in ethnicity and immigrant status. Political Psychology, 27(1), 123-146.


  • Deaux, K. (2001). Social Psychology Network: Kay Deaux. Social Psychology. 1(1).
  • Gul, Pelin. (2010). Feminist Psychology: Kay Deaux. Feminist Voices. 1(1).


  1. ^ "Kay Deaux | SPSP". spsp.org. Retrieved 2018-07-22. 
  2. ^ "Kay Deaux". The Graduate Center CUNY. Retrieved 5 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "Get to Know Kay Deaux, Winner of the 2016 Distinguished Scholar Award | SPSP". www.spsp.org. Retrieved 2018-07-22. 
  4. ^ "APS Past Presidents". Association for Psychological Science. Retrieved 2018-07-22. 
  5. ^ "SPSSI | Past SPSSI Presidents - Sorted by Date". www.spssi.org. Retrieved 2018-07-22. 
  6. ^ Deaux, Kay. "Kay Deaux". Social Psychology Network. Retrieved 5 April 2016. 
  7. ^ Gul, Pelin. "Profile of Kay Deaux". Psychology's Feminist Voices. Psychology's Feminist Voices Multimedia Internet Archive. Retrieved 5 April 2016. 
  8. ^ Deaux, Kay (1985). "Sex and Gender" (PDF). Annual Review of Psychology. Retrieved June 7, 2016. 
  9. ^ Perkins, Krystal; Wiley, Shaun; Deaux, Kay (2014). "Through which looking glass? Distinct sources of public regard and self-esteem among first- and second-generation immigrants of color". Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. 20 (2): 213–219. doi:10.1037/a0035435. ISSN 1939-0106.