Kay Deaux

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Kay Deaux
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Occupation social psychologist

Kay Deaux is an American social psychologist. Her work is focused on immigration and feminist identity. Deaux is a Professor Emerita at the Department of Psychology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

She served as President of the Association for Psychological Science.[1] She was a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation and serves on the Advisory Committee on Cultural Contact and Immigration for the foundation[1] and on the Oxford Handbook Online Psychology Editorial Board as Senior Editor.[2]

Deaux is most known for her work in immigration and gender issues, she encouraged other social psychologists to study how issues of identity, ethnicity, inter-group contact, attitudes and motivation play out in the immigration process.[3]


Deaux authored three books: To Be an Immigrant, The Behavior of Women and Men, and Women of Steel related to her research surrounding immigration and feminism.

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.[4]

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.[5]


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


  1. ^ a b Deaux, Kay. "Kay Deaux". Social Psychology Network. Retrieved 5 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Kay Deaux". The Graduate Center CUNY. Retrieved 5 April 2016. 
  3. ^ Gul, Pelin. "Profile of Kay Deaux". Psychology's Feminist Voices. Psychology's Feminist Voices Multimedia Internet Archive. Retrieved 5 April 2016. 
  4. ^ Deaux, Kay (1985). "Sex and Gender" (PDF). Annual Review of Psychology. Retrieved June 7, 2016. 
  5. ^ Perkins, Krystal (April 2014). "Through Which Looking Glass?". PsychNet. APA.