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.
My project examines how Italian-American women understand and negotiate their multiple and sometimes competing identities, especially race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and class. I aim to develop an interview protocol that will examine Italian-American women’s narratives of identity, integrating psychological and feminist perspectives.
Dottolo, Andrea L. and Abigail J. Stewart. “‘Don’t ever forget now, you’re a Black man in America’: Intersections of race, class and gender in encounters with the police.” Sex Roles 59 (2008): 350-364.
Stewart, Abigail J. and Andrea L. Dottolo. “Fem-inist psychology.” Signs: Journal of women in culture and society 31(2) (2006): 493-509.