Research Areas

Feminist Psychology; Social Identities; Qualitative Research


Ph.D., University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

M.S., University of Michigan

M.A., San Diego State University

Andrea L. Dottolo

Andrea L. Dottolo’s research and teaching explores how social identities are constructed and maintained and the ways in which they are shaped by social and political structures. She is interested in the relationships between histories, cultures, political structures, social movements, and social identities. Her research program focuses on central questions such as: How is identity constructed and “naturalized”? Which identities are valued and why? What are some of the social and political consequences for how and why individuals label themselves and others?

Dottolo has a joint degree in psychology and women’s studies from the University of Michigan. In 2009, she received the Mary Roth Walsh Teaching the Psychology of Women Award from Division 35 of American Psychological Association for outstanding teaching strategies including innovative approaches to increase diversity in teaching the psychology of women. She also teaches courses in LGBT psychology, human sexuality, and feminist theory.

Current Projects

My project examines Italian-American women, identity, and food. I am analyzing interviews that examine Italian-American women’s narratives of identity and food, integrating psychological and feminist perspectives. A unique feature of this project is that I am working with my mother, Carol Dottolo. 

Representative Publications

Dottolo, A.L. & Kaschak, E. (Eds.). (2016). Whiteness and white privilege in psychotherapy. New York: Routledge. 

Espin, O.M. & Dottolo, A.L. (Eds.). (2015). Gendered journeys: Women, migration, and feminist psychology. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.