Research Areas

The affective and social roots of thought; Transdisciplinary approach to psychological inquiry;

Critical psychology


Ph.D., University of Brussels, Belgium

B.A., University of Brussels, Belgium

Rachel Joffe Falmagne

Rachel Joffe Falmagne

Rachel Joffe Falmagne

Rachel Joffe Falmagne is Professor of Psychology and past Director of Women’s Studies at Clark University, as well as past President of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology. Her interests include feminist theory, critical psychology, transdisciplinary approaches to psychological inquiry, feminist philosophical perspectives on epistemology, and methodological and epistemological issues for the social sciences. She has discussed how gender as a social formation, in its intersection with social formations such as “race” and class, structures the social order at all levels of social organization, materially, discursively, symbolically, institutionally and psychologically. She has published on the complexly gendered foundations of thought, culture and development, on the material, discursive and agentive constituents of “self” and “mind,” on the intersectional politics of knowledge production, on critical appraisals of developmental and cognitive psychology, on the dialectic of critique, theory and method, on the dialectic of the particular and the general in qualitative research, on the transdisciplinary feminist study of thought and personal epistemology, and on the affective roots of thought. Books include Mind and Social Practice: Selected Writings by Sylvia Scribner (with Ethel Tobach and Mary Parlee) and Representing Reason: Feminist Theory and Formal Logic (with Marjorie Hass.)

Current Projects

Professor Joffe Falmagne is conducting a biographical interview study with scholars from different disciplines, that examines how their intellectual style may be related to their affective makeup within their personal and family history, and that interpretively integrates the singular, biographical particularity of the person and the analysis of processes of social constitution and of transgenerational influences. She is also working on a book provisionally titled “Thought, Society and the Person”, an edited collection of previous writings that together provide a cohesive theoretical and methodological framework for the study of thinking informed by interdisciplinary works, with new elaborative and integrative commentaries.

Representative Publications

Falmagne, R. Joffe (2016). Toward the desegregation of thought and affect in psychological theorizing. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 10 (1)3-10. DOI 10.1111/spc3.12211

Falmagne, R.Joffe, M.G. Iselin, I.L.G. Todorova and J. Arner (2013). Reasoning and persona epistemology: A critical reconstruction. Theory and Psychology,23(5), 616-638.