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NSF Grant for Ph.D. Student Donald Brown

Congratulations to Donald Brown and Michelle Fine from the Critical Social/Personality Psychology training area for their achievement on being awarded a research grant from the National Science Foundation!

With great honor, the Psychology program acknowledges Donald V. Brown Jr. for receiving a doctoral dissertation research improvement grant (DDRIG) to support the completion of his dissertation project titled "Scientific Practice, Social Identity, and the Production of Social Knowledge: An Ethnographic Investigation of Experimental Social Psychology." Brown's dissertation research is advised by Professor Michelle Fine.

The dissertation will explore the construction and use of social identity in the research of social psychologists, a unique subset of social scientists. Many social science researchers consider social identities such as race and gender to be socially constructed categories. This allows researchers to understand these identities in light of their history, complexity, and relationships to each other. However, some social science researchers treat these categories as fixed and discrete in order to examine them scientifically. Therefore, Brown will investigate how experimental social psychologists, as essential producers of social knowledge, characterize and use social identity categories in their work. Upon completion, this research could provide useful insights to aid psychologists in responding to the social complexities associated with the groups they study.
Brown is a doctoral candidate in the Critical Social Psychology training area of the Psychology Ph.D. program at The Graduate Center, where he is a Presidential MAGNET Fellow. He serves as an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. His research interests include sociology of knowledge, social identity development and maintenance over the lifespan, and critical theory development and application to the discipline of social psychology.

Fine is a distinguished professor psychology, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Urban Education at The Graduate Center. Her primary research interest is the study of social injustice: when injustice appears as fair or deserved, when it is resisted, and how it is negotiated by those who pay the most serious price for social inequities.

Submitted on: FEB 4, 2021

Category: Psychology