Psychology of Women and Gender; History of Women in Psychology; Feminist Theory and Methodology; Epistemology and Social Activism
Ph.D., Harvard University
M.A., Radcliffe College
B.S., Brooklyn College
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Rhoda Unger is professor emerita of psychology at Montclair State University. She has written/ edited nine books on the psychology of women and gender and more than 85 articles and book chapters in this field. She has also published several recent articles in political psychology. Unger has received many awards including the first Carolyn Sherif memorial lectureship from the Society for the Psychology of Women and distinguished career awards from the Committee on the Psychology of Women and the Association for Women in Psychology. In 2007 she was awarded the Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Psychology in the Public Interest from the American Psychological Foundation.
Unger has been president of the Society for the Psychology of Women and, more recently, president of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (divisions of APA). From 2000 - 2006 she was the inaugural editor of the electronic journal Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy (ASAP).
She has been a Fulbright senior scholar at the University of Haifa in Israel, a visiting fellow for the British Psychological Society, and a noted scholar at the University of British Columbia. She has also been a visiting professor at the Gender Studies Institute of Ochanomizu University in Tokyo.
Examining the career trajectories of women in experimental psychology who received their Ph.D.s before and just after feminism became an important aspect of psychology. This study involves two populations: comparison of women and men who received Ph.D.s in experimental psychology from Harvard and women who identified with the field by becoming members of relevant APA divisions between 1950 and 1973.
Unger, Rhoda K., Kate Sheese, and Alexandra Main, “Feminism and women leaders in SPSSI: Social networks, ideology, and generational change.” Psychology of Women Quarterly. 34 (2010), 474 – 485.
Cherry, Frances; Unger, Rhoda; Winston, Andrew S. “Gender, Ethnicity, and Career Trajectories: A Comment on Woodward (2010). History of Psychology, Vol 15(2), May 2012: 181-187.