I am interested in the origins and consequences of social roles, including how these roles change over time, influence evaluations of others, and contribute to group differences in attitudes and behavior. My research currently explores a goal congruity explanation of STEM pursuits (science, technology, engineering, and math). We document that people possess beliefs that STEM fields do not involve working with others or helping others. Because these communal goals tend to be highly valued, especially by women, people opt out of STEM fields for other career paths.
- Diekman, A. B., Brown, E. R., Johnston, A. M., & Clark, E. K. (2010). Seeking congruity between goals and roles: A new look at why women opt out of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers. Psychological Science, 21(8), 1051-1057.
- Diekman, A. B., Johnston, A. M., & Loescher, A. L. (2013). Something old, something new: Evidence of self-accommodation to gendered social change. Sex Roles.
- Diekman, A. B., & Steinberg, M. (2013). Navigating social roles in pursuit of important goals: A communal goal congruity account of STEM pursuits. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 7, 487-501.
- Diekman, A. B., Clark, E. K., Johnston, A. M., Brown, E. R., & Steinberg, M. (2011). Malleability in communal goals and beliefs influences attraction to STEM careers: Evidence for a goal congruity perspective. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101, 902-918. doi: 10.1037/a0025199
- Evans, C. D., & Diekman, A. B. (2009). On motivated role selection: Gender beliefs, distant goals, and career preferences. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 33, 235-249.
- Diekman, A. B., & Goodfriend, W. (2007). The good and bad of social change: Ambivalence toward activist groups. Social Justice Research, 20, 401-417.
- Diekman, A. B., & Hirnisey, L. (2007). The effect of context on the silver ceiling: A role congruity perspective on prejudiced responses. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33, 1353-1366.
- Diekman, A. B. (2007). Negotiating the double bind: Interpersonal and instrumental evaluations of dominance. Sex Roles, 22, 551-561.
- Diekman, A. B., & Goodfriend, W. (2006). Rolling with the changes: A role congruity perspective on gender norms. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 30, 369-383.
- Eagly, A. H., & Diekman, A. B. (2006). Examining the gap in political attitudes: It’s not Mars and Venus. Feminism & Psychology, 16, 26-34.
- Eagly, A. H., Diekman, A. B., Johannesen-Schmidt, M. C., & Koenig, A. G. (2004). Gender gaps in sociopolitical attitudes: A social psychological analysis. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 87, 796-816.
- Eagly, A. H., Diekman, A. B., Schneider, M. C., & Kulesa, P. (2003). Experimental tests of an attitudinal theory of the gender gap in voting. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 29, 1245-1258.
- Diekman, A. B., Eagly, A. H., & Kulesa, P. (2002). Accuracy and bias in stereotypes about the social and political attitudes of women and men. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 38, 268-282.
- Diekman, A. B., & Eagly, A. H. (2000). Stereotypes as dynamic constructs: Women and men of the past, present, and future. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 26, 1171-1188.
- Diekman, A. B., & Eagly, A. H. (2008). On men, women, and motivation: A role congruity account. In J. Y. Shah & W. L. Gardner (Eds.), Handbook of Motivation Science (pp. 434-447). New York: Guilford.
- Eagly, A. H., Wood, W., & Diekman, A. B. (2000). Social role theory of sex differences and similarities: A current appraisal. In T. Eckes & H. M. Trautner (Eds.), The Developmental Social Psychology of Gender (pp. 123-174). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
- Diekman, A. B., Eagly, A. H., & Johnston, A. M. (2010). Social structure. To appear in J. F. Dovidio, M. Hewstone, P. Glick, & V. M. Esses (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Discrimination. New York: Sage.
- Consumer Behavior
- Equality, Inequality, and Social Change
- Gender and Development
- Graduate Research Methods and Problems
- Intergroup Relations
- Motivation & Goals
- Psychology of Social Roles
- Psychology of Women/Psychology of Gender
- Research Methods in Social Psychology
- Stereotyping and Prejudice
- Theories of Sex-Related Differences and Similarities
Department of Psychology
Oxford, OH 45056
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