Patricia Gurin

Patricia Y. Gurin

Nancy Cantor Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Psychology and Women's Studies
Faculty Associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research
Director of Research, Program on Intergroup Relations

Address: 3000 Michigan Union
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
Tel: (734) 936-1875
Courses I teach: • First-Year Seminar on Democracy and Diversity
• Social Psychology of Community

Patricia Gurin is the Nancy Cantor Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. She is a Faculty Associate of the Research Center for Group Dynamics at the Institute for Social Research and of the Center for African and Afro-American Studies. She directs the research program of the Program on Intergroup Relations, a curricular program co-sponsored by the College of LS&A and the Division of Student Affairs. A social psychologist, Dr. Gurin’s work has focused on social identity, the role of social identity in political attitudes and behavior, motivation and cognition in achievement settings, and the role of social structure in intergroup relations. She is the author of eight books and monographs and numerous articles on these topics. She is an expert witness in the University of Michigan’s defense of its undergraduate and law school admissions policies. In collaboration with Sylvia Hurtado, Eric Dey, and Gerald Gurin, all of the Center for Post-Secondary and Higher Education at the University of Michigan, she provided the expert report on the Educational Value of Diversity for these lawsuits.

Selected Articles

Hurtado, A., Gurin, P., & Peng, T. (1994). Social Identities: A Framework for Studying the Adaptations of Mexican-descent population. Social Problems, 41, 129-151.

Gurin, P., Hurtado, A., & Peng, T. (1994). Group Contacts and Ethnicity in the Social Identities of Mexicanos and Chicanos. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 20, 521-532.

Lopez, G.E., Gurin, P., & Nagda, B.A. (1998). Education and understanding structural causes for group inequalities. Political Psychology, 19(2), 305-329.

Gurin, P., Peng, T., Lopez, G., & Nagda, B.R. (1999). Context, identity, and intergroup relations. In D. Prentice & D. Miller (Eds.). Cultural divides: The social psychology of intergroup contact.

Gurin, Patricia. "The Compelling Need for Diversity in Education," January 1999. Expert report prepared for the lawsuits Gratz and Hamacher v Bollinger, Duderstadt, the University of Michigan, and the University of Michigan College of LS&A, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Civil Action No. 97-75231; and Grutter v Bollinger, Lehman, Shields, the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan Law School, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Civil Action No. 97-75928. [On-line]. Available:
Reprinted in: Michigan Journal of Race & Law, 5(1), 1999, 363-425.
Reprinted in: The University of Massachusetts Schools of Education Journal, 32(2), 1999, 36-62.

Sumida, S., & Gurin, P. (2001) “A celebration of power.” In Schoem, D. & Hurtado, S., Intergroup dialogue: Deliberative democracy in school, college, community, and workplace. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

Gurin, P., Dey E.L., Hurtado, S., and Gurin, G. (2002) “Diversity and Higher Education: Theory and Impact on Educational Outcomes.” Harvard Educational Review, 72 (3) pp 330-366
To be reprinted in Rethinking Pedagogy in Diverse College Classrooms, forthcoming. Harvard Educational Review, Cambridge: Massachusetts

Gurin, P., Nagda, R., Lopez, G. “The Benefits of Diversity in Education for Democratic Citizenship.” In press. Journal of Social Issues.

Nagda, B.A., Gurin, P., and Lopez, G. “Transformative Pedagogy for Democracy and Social Justice.” In press. Race, Ethnicity, Education