Phillip L Hammack

TitleAssociate Professor
DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentPsychology Department,
Stevenson College,
College Ten
AffiliationsCollege Ten
Web Site Politics, Culture & Identity (PCI) Lab
OfficeSocial Sciences 2, Room 351
Office HoursTuesdays, 3:00-4:30PM or by appointment (Fall 2015)
Campus Mail StopPsychology Faculty Services
Phillip L Hammack

Research Interests


Professor Hammack’s research broadly investigates identity and politics, particularly the way in which social categorization places individuals in states of relative power and privilege in societies. He is currently directing two large empirical projects: the Community Climates Project and the Generations Project. The Community Climates Project is funded by the William T. Grant Foundation and examines variability in local policies and psychological experience for sexual minority (i.e., lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) youth in the San Francisco Bay area and the Central Valley. The Generations Project is funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and examines the way in which sexual minorities of distinct generation-cohorts interpret social and historical change, as well as the way in which they construct community and respond to cultural heterosexism. The Generations Project is a multi-site project including collaborators at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Columbia University, the University of Arizona, and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). A third project in development will examine queer relationships, with a focus on forms of relationality that challenge heteronormativity (e.g., polyamorous, kink/fetish relationships). These projects employ multiple methods, including narrative, ethnographic, survey, and policy analysis.

Biography, Education and Training

PhD, University of Chicago
MA, Loyola University, Chicago
AB, Georgetown University

Honors, Awards and Grants

R01 Research Grant, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (2014-2019)

William T. Grant Foundation Scholar Award (2013-2018)

Erik Erikson Early Career Award, International Society of Political Psychology (2013)

Ed Cairns Early Career Award, American Psychological Association, Division 48 (2012)

Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow Award (2011-2012)

Louise Kidder Early Career Award, American Psychological Association, Division 9 (SPSSI) (2011)

Visiting Fellowship, Joan B. Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame (2010-2011)

National Science Foundation, Planning Visit Grant (2009-2010)

United States Institute of Peace, Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship (2006)

Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (2005)

Selected Publications

Hammack, P.L. (2015). Theoretical foundations of identity. In K.C. McLean & M. Syed (Eds.), Oxford handbook of identity development (pp. 11-30). New York: Oxford University Press.

Hammack, P.L., & Pilecki, A. (2015). Power in history: Contrasting theoretical approaches to intergroup dialogue. Journal of Social Issues, 71(2), 371-385.

Hammack, P.L., & Toolis, E. (2015). Identity, politics, and the cultural psychology of adolescence. In L. Jensen (Ed.), Oxford handbook of human development and culture (pp. 396-409). New York: Oxford University Press.

Hammack, P.L. (2014). Mind, story, society: The political psychology of narrative. In M. Hanne, W. Crano, & J.S. Mio (Eds.), Warring with words: Narrative and metaphor in politics (pp. 51-77). New York: Psychology Press. 

Hammack, P.L., Pilecki, A., & Merrilees, C. (2014). Interrogating the process and meaning of intergroup contact: Contrasting theoretical approaches. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 24, 296-324.

Hammack, P. L., & Toolis, E.E. (2014). Narrative and the social construction of adulthood. New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development, 145, 43-56.

Hammack, P.L., Mayers, L., & Windell, E.P. (2013). Narrative, psychology, and the politics of sexual identity in the United States: From “sickness” to “species” to “subject.” Psychology & Sexuality, 4(3), 219-243.

Hammack, P.L., & Pilecki, A. (2012). Narrative as a root metaphor for political psychology. Political Psychology, 33(1), 75-103.

Hammack, P.L. (2011). Narrative and the politics of identity: The cultural psychology of Israeli and Palestinian youth. New York: Oxford University Press. 

Hammack, P.L., & Cohler, B.J. (2009). The story of sexual identity: Narrative perspectives on the gay and lesbian life course. New York: Oxford University Press.

Courses Taught

PSYC 211A: Proseminar in Social Psychology I - Social Justice and the Individual (Fall 2015)
PSYC 140H: Sexual Identity & Society (Spring 2016)

Advisees, Post Docs, Graduate Students, Researchers

NameE-Mail AddressPhone Number
Erin Elizabeth Toolis831-459-4876
Alexandra Kathleen Schindler831-459-4876
David R. Pletta(831)459-2851