Social Psychology

The graduate program in the Department of Sociology at Kent State University offers a specialization in social psychology with emphasis on three broad areas of social structure and personality, symbolic interactionism, and structural social psychology. Within these broad areas, students and faculty study a range of topics, including:

  • Affect
  • Deviance
  • Emotions
  • Gender
  • Identity
  • Mental Health
  • Race
  • Status
  • Social neuroscience

Faculty who teach in the graduate program and conduct research in the study of social psychology include:

Additional Resources:

The department is home to the Electrophysiological Neuroscience Laboratory of Kent (ENLoK), a unique research facility that provides faculty and students at all levels with the opportunity to incorporate electroencephalography (EEG) brain measurement and other physiological measurements into their research. Recent student and faculty projects have used these methods to advance our understanding of racial bias in criminal sentencing and the gender "glass ceiling" in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The lab employs a full-time research professor to help students and faculty with their projects, particularly those who are new to the use of neurological methods in social psychological research.