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Office: 210 Smith Building
Lab: 038 Phillips Hall

CB# 3135
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599
919-962-3380 (phone)
Associate Professor

Ph.D., Psychology, University of Wisconsin—Madison, 2006
M.S., Psychology, University of Wisconsin—Madison, 2002
B.A., Psychology, University of Wisconsin—Madison, 1999
Associate of Liberal Arts & Sciences, University of Wisconsin—Waukesha County, 1997

At UNC-CH I teach the following undergraduate courses: WGST/ANTH 278: Women in Science and WGST/PSYC 573: Psychology of Women & Gender.

I am a developmental psychologist whose research uses feminist intersectional methods to examine gender development, emotion, identity, and STEM attitudes and achievement. My work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.  Much of my research examines how the internalization of gender and ethnic stereotypes shape self-conscious affect about our achievement, our bodies, and our selves. Current projects are focused on eliminating achievement gaps, particularly for first-generation college students and students of color, and in conducting meta-analyses of adaptive learning technologies and simulations in STEM courses.

I am also interested in expanding the methodological repertoire within feminist research.  One project aims to delineate the multidimensional nature of gender equality and evaluated the diverse measures of nation-level gender equality.  In another, we synthesized the diverse (and sometimes disparate) writings on intersectionality to make the critical theory accessible and promote rigorous and earnest applications of it in research using quantitative methods. I am also co-author of the book, The Psychology of Women and Gender: Half the Human Experience + (9th Ed., Sage, 2018), with Janet Hyde.

I am a Fellow of the American Psychological Association through Division 35: Society for the Psychology of Women, and a member of Division 44: Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues.

Select Publications:
Else-Quest, N. M., & Hyde, J. S. (2016). Intersectionality in quantitative psychological research: II. Methods & techniques. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 40, 319-336.
Else-Quest, N. M. & Hyde, J. S.  (2016).  Intersectionality in quantitative psychological research: I. Theoretical and epistemological issues. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 40, 155-170.
Else-Quest, N. M., & Morse, E.*  (2015).  Parental ethnic socialization and adolescent ethnic identity: A longitudinal study.  Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 21, 54-64.
Else-Quest, N. M., & Peterca, O.*  (2015). Academic attitudes and achievement in students of urban public single-sex and mixed-sex high schools.  American Educational Research Journal, 52, 693-718.
Else-Quest, N. M., Mineo, C. C.,* & Higgins, A.*  (2013).  Math and science attitudes and achievement at the intersection of gender and ethnicity.  Psychology of Women Quarterly, 37, 293-309.
Else-Quest, N. M., & Grabe, S.  (2012).  The political is personal: Measurement and application of nation-level indicators of gender equity in psychological research.  Psychology of Women Quarterly, 36, 131-144.
Else-Quest, N. M., Higgins, A.,* Allison, C.,* & Morton, L. C.*  (2012).  Gender differences in self-conscious emotional experience: A meta-analysis.  Psychological Bulletin, 138, 947-981.
Else-Quest, N. M., Hyde, J. S., & Linn, M. C.  (2010).  Cross-national patterns of gender differences in mathematics: A meta-analysis.  Psychological Bulletin, 136, 103-127.

* denotes graduate student co-author