Phillip L Hammack

TitleAssociate Professor
DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentPsychology Department,
Stevenson College,
College Ten
Web Site
OfficeSocial Sciences 2, Room 333
Office HoursBy Appointment (Spring 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)

Courses Taught

PSYC 140H: Sexual Identity & Society (Fall 2014)
PSYC 211A: Proseminar in Social Psychology I - Social Justice and the Individual (Fall 2014)