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About Joan Ostrove

Joan Ostrove's research concerns the connections between individual psychology and social structure. She is particularly interested in the ways in which our positions in the social structure (specifically with respect to gender and social class, and also with respect to disability), and at particular historical moments, shape our individual psychological experiences.
She has pursued these interests in the domains of women's midlife personality development, socioeconomic status and health, social class and the college experience, and relationships between people with disabilities and non-disabled people.
Currently, she is working on projects related to how social class background shapes people's experiences at college, on how processes of comparing ourselves to other people across the social hierarchy might be related to our physical health, and on how people build alliances across differences related to social identity, especially in the areas of disability and race.
Ostrove has been teaching at Macalester since 1999.
EDUCATION: B.A., Williams College, 1987; M.A., University of Michigan, 1991; Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1996


Present Professor and Chair, Psychology, Macalester College


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  • Psychology of Gender
  • Lives in Context (senior seminar)

Contact Information

Macalester College
Olin/Rice 325
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Journal Articles (30)