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Isis H. Settles

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
Michigan State University
2001 - Present


Ph.D. University of Michigan, 2001
M.A. University of Michigan, 1997
B.A. Harvard College, 1993

Research Overview

The focus of my research program has been to examine processes and outcomes associated with social group membership (e.g., gender) and social group identification (i.e., awareness and feelings about one's gender), with a particular focus on race and gender. Much of the past research has looked at group membership and identities singly, for example, by focusing on only racial group membership or gender. Further, this research is often de-contextualized in that there is little consideration of the individual's environment as contributing to perceptions related to group membership or identification.

My research builds upon the existing research and addresses these limitations within two primary research areas: 1) behavioral and psychological consequences of holding multiple identities; and 2) how members of devalued social groups experience and cope with unfair treatment. Thus, I am interetsed in both how people are treated by others (as this depends, in part, on their group membership), and how devalued group members react and respond to their treatment in a manner that creates new environments and psychological experiences.

My work is interdisciplinary and uses an overarching intersectional framework. This approach stresses that because of their particular combinations of social group memberships (e.g., being a Black woman, Asian man, or White woman), individuals occupy specific social positions that create unique experiences for them that differ from the experiences of those with other combinations. Further, I examine social-personality processes in applied and organizational contexts because I am interested in the way in which such processes operate in the real world.