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Joseph  Vandello

Joseph Vandello

Joseph Vandello
Area Director, Cognition, Neuroscience, and Social Program

Contact

Office: PCD 4135
Phone: 813/974-0362
Email:

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Bio

Joe Vandello joined the faculty of the University of South Florida in 2002, after completing a 2-year postdoc at Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2000, and his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Iowa in 1994. He is a social psychologist with interests in gender, culture, aggression, prejudice, morality, and status.

In 2014, with his colleague Jennifer Bosson, Joe won the Researcher of the Year Award from the American Psychological Association, Division 51 (Society for the Psychological Study of Men & Masculinity), for their collaborative research on precarious manhood. In 2015, he won the University of South Florida’s Jerome Krivanek Distinguished Teacher Award for undergraduate teaching.

Research

Research Interests

Manhood, work and family issues, cultural psychology, conflict and violence, race, social perceptions of disadvantaged groups, morality and moral judgments

Research Synopsis

I am a social and cultural psychologist interested in the interplay between individual, interpersonal, and cultural norms on human behavior. Much of the research I have been doing lately looks at how people understand gender, and specifically manhood. My colleague Jennifer Bosson and I developed a theory of precarious manhood that seeks to understand how people see manhood as distinct from womanhood, and we look at the consequence of this thinking for understanding men’s aggression, risk-taking, health, relationships, and attitudes toward work and family.

A second research goal is to understand how people perceive groups and individuals who are relatively disadvantaged or who have low status. I have published several papers on why people root for underdogs, and I’m interested in how feeling disadvantaged shaped moral decisions and behaviors.

A third research goal is to understand how conflicting norms about diversity, color-blindness, and political correctness influence judgments and decisions in social contexts. This work demonstrates that people are often loathe to make uncomfortable decisions that might appear prejudiced, so they will take measures that provide psychological comfort.

Specialty Area

CNS (Social Psychology)

Current Courses

RefCourseSecCourse TitleCRDayTimeLocation
80658PSY 4913012Directed Study
Permit Required, S-U Only
1-3

TBA 100
84038PSY 4970009Honors Thesis
Must be accepted into PSY Honors Program
1-3

TBA 100
81658SOP 6266001Social
Majors Only
3M9:30am-12:15pm

PCD 2124
85205PSY 6917037Directed Research
Majors Only. S/U only.
1-19

TBA 100
93664PSY 6971040Thesis: Master's
Majors Only
2-19

TBA 100
82530EXP 7099002Intro to CNS
Majors Only
1W1:00pm-1:50pm

PCD 1134
93670PSY 7918041Directed Research
Majors Only. S/U only.
1-19

TBA 100
93674PSY 7980043Dissertation: Doctoral
Adm to Doc Candidacy Required. Majors Only.
2-19

TBA 100