Social psychology is an interdisciplinary field of research that emphasizes the interplay among the individual, interactions and macrostructures. Examples of the kinds of issues studied include how individuals’ associations and context create the impetus for certain life events; how individuals negotiate their everyday world; how violence might arise; how important characteristics of individuals and groups like gender, age, ethnicity and class structure interactions; how group interactions can increase or challenge inequality; and how social inequality influences mental health, crime, and deviance.
The Department offers many different perspectives within the social psychology and differing methodologies as well. There are two laboratories associated with social psychology at Texas A&M University: Howard B. Kaplan Laboratory for Social Science Research and The Stuart J. Hysom Social Psychology Laboratory.
Social Psychology Faculty
- Mary Campbell – Race and Ethnicity, Identity, Health
- Holly Foster – Crime, Deviance, Life Course, Social Inequality, Quantitative Methods
- Ed Murguia – Latina/o Sociology, Drug Use, Marriage and Family
- Heili Pals – Social Psychology, Deviance, Transition to Adulthood, Life Course, Inequality, Health, Gay and Lesbian Studies, Transitional Societies, Quantitative Research
- Jane Sell – Small Groups, Social Psychology