Phillip L Hammack

DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentPsychology Department,
Stevenson College,
College Ten
AffiliationsCollege Ten,
Stevenson College
Web Site Politics, Culture & Identity (PCI) Lab
OfficeSocial Sciences 2, Room 351
Office HoursOn leave (2017-2018)
Campus Mail StopPsychology Faculty Services
Phillip L Hammack

Research Interests

(Please note that Professor Hammack is currently a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and will return to UC Santa Cruz in Fall, 2018. Please expect longer than normal response time to email communication.)

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 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 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. A third project in development examines queer relationships, with a focus on forms of relationality that challenge heteronormativity (e.g., same-sex relationships, polyamory, kink/fetish relationships, chosen families). These projects employ multiple methods, including narrative, ethnographic, and survey methods.

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. (In press) (Ed.). The Oxford handbook of social psychology and social justice. New York: Oxford University Press.

Hammack, P.L., Frost, D.M., Meyer, I.H., & Pletta, D.R. (In press). Gay men's health and identity: Social change and the life course. Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Hammack, P.L., & Toolis, E.E. (2016). Putting the social into personal identity: The master narrative as root metaphor for psychological and developmental science. Human Development, 58, 350-364.

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., & 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., & Cohler, B.J. (2011). Narrative, identity, and the politics of exclusion: Social change and the gay and lesbian life course. Sexuality Research & Social Policy, 8, 162-182.

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 40: Introduction to Social Psychology
PSYC 140H: Sexual Identity & Society
PSYC 159S: Queer Intimacies

Advisees, Post Docs, Graduate Students, Researchers

NameE-Mail AddressPhone Number
Erin Elizabeth Toolis831-459-4876
Sam Hughes