Steph Anderson

Undergraduate Discipline


BA, Kalamazoo College. MA, MPhil, PhD, CUNY Graduate Center. Certificate in Documentary Media Studies, The New School. Research examines how racialized gender norms are enforced, negotiated, and resisted on the individual, interpersonal, and structural levels. Most recent work blends queer theory and social psychological theory to quantitatively and qualitatively explore the role of perceived gender expression—how one “does” gender—and race in exposure to, and subjective interpretation of, discrimination against cisgender and transgender LGBQ individuals. Areas of academic specializations include stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination, sexual and gender identity, and visual methodologies. SLC, 2017-

Undergraduate Courses 2017-2018


The Psychology of Gender, Self-Expression, and Perception

Open , Seminar—Spring

Gender norms contribute to our psychological sense of self, our self-expression, our perception of others, and how others perceive us. Utilizing multiple levels of analysis, this course will focus on how gender is communicated and perceived by exploring the subjective experience of ourselves as gendered beings and how this sense of self shapes our behaviors and interactions with others and our environments. Specifically, we will examine various topics related to the perception and expression of gender (e.g., constructs of masculinity/femininity, gender stereotypes and biases, gender and sexual identity), as well as how gender intersects with other aspects of experience and behavior (e.g., race, class, use of space). In doing so, we will move away from traditional psychological theories of sensation, perception, and cognition and instead explore current psychological research on “embodied” and “enclothed” perception. Through a critical engagement with psychological theories of gender and cognition, this course encourages students to imagine new possibilities for how we embody our psychological sense of self and how we interact in the world based upon modification of self-presentation.


Introduction to the Psychology of Gender and Sexuality

Open , Seminar—Fall

This course provides an introduction to qualitative and quantitative research on gender and sexuality. Psychological research is a social process, and over the course of the semester we will examine how psychologists have conceptualized and researched gender and sexuality both historically and contemporarily. In doing so, we will consider the importance of social context and the researchers’ individual positionality within the research process, understanding that the questions researchers ask and the methods they employ directly shape the analyses and conclusions that they draw. Topics include, but are not limited to, the social construction of sex and masculinity/femininity, intersexuality, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and sexual behavior(s). Throughout our examination, we will explore ethical questions related to the study of gender and sexuality and the ways in which race/ethnicity, social class, and age—among other social categories—intersect in the lives of men, women, and gender-expansive people.