Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

Rebecca Bigler


ProfessorPh.D., Pennsylvania State University

Rebecca Bigler

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Interests


Social cognition in children, gender role development, and racial stereotyping

Biography


 
Dr. Bigler will not be accepting new graduate students for 2016–2017.

Rebecca S. Bigler is Professor of Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Ze received a B.A. from Oberlin College and Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University before joining the faculty at UT-Austin in 1991.

Ze studies the causes and consequences of social stereotyping and prejudice among children, with a particular focus on gender and racial attitudes. Ze has worked to develop and test intervention strategies aimed at reducing children’s social stereotyping and intergroup biases. Hir work has appeared in top journals in the field of developmental psychology (Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, Developmental Psychology), and has been covered by major media outlets (Newsweek, NBC Dateline). Hir work has been supported by Teaching Tolerance and the National Science Foundation. Ze is currently the Executive Director of the American Council for Coeducational Schooling and is a supporter of gender neutral language.

 

Courses


PSY 394S • Current Topics In Devel Psy

42895 • Spring 2015
Meets M 1200pm-300pm SEA 1.332

Seminars in Developmental Psychology. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

 

PSY 394S • Stereotyp/Prejudc Among Child

43485 • Spring 2012
Meets M 600pm-900pm SEA 1.332
(also listed as WGS 393)

Seminars in Developmental Psychology. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

 

PSY 394S • Current Topics In Devel Psy

44005 • Spring 2011
Meets F 1200pm-300pm SEA 1.332

Seminars in Developmental Psychology. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

PSY 398T • Supervised Teaching In Psy

44085 • Spring 2011
Meets TH 930am-1230pm SEA 5.106

Teaching under close supervision of course instructor for two semesters; weekly meetings of two to four hours during the semester; individual consultation and reports throughout the teaching period. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and appointment as a teaching assistant.

PSY 394S • Current Topics In Devel Psy

44160 • Spring 2010
Meets F 1200-300pm SEA 1.332

Seminars in Developmental Psychology. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

PSY 398T • Supervised Teaching In Psy

44230 • Spring 2010
Meets TH 930-1230pm SEA 5.106

Supervised Teaching in Psychology. Teaching under close supervision of course instructor for two semesters; weekly meetings of two to four hours during the semester; individual consultation and reports throughout the teaching period. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and appointment as a teaching assistant.

PSY 394S • Fundmntls Of Devel Psychology

44317 • Fall 2009
Meets M 630pm-930pm SEA 3.250

Seminars in Developmental Psychology. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

PSY 365G • Gender And Racial Attitudes-W

43265 • Spring 2009
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm SEA 3.250

Advanced introduction to the psychological study of gender and racial attitudes in children and adults, with emphasis on the causes, consequences, and revision of an individual's gender and racial stereotypes. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Psychology 341K (Topic: Gender and Racial Attitudes) and 365G may not both be counted. Prerequisite: For psychology majors, upper-division standing and Psychology 301 and 418 with a grade of at least C in each; for nonmajors, upper-division standing, Psychology 301 with a grade of at least C, and one of the following with a grade of at least C: Biology 318M, Civil Engineering 311S, Economics 329, Educational Psychology 371, Government 350K, Mathematics 316, Psychology 317, Sociology 317L, Social Work 318, Statistics 309.

PSY 398T • Supervised Teaching In Psy

43485 • Spring 2009
Meets TH 930-1230pm SEA 5.106

Teaching under close supervision of course instructor for two semesters; weekly meetings of two to four hours during the semester; individual consultation and reports throughout the teaching period. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and appointment as a teaching assistant.

Media Coverage


 

Good Morning America, ABC News | Confronting Tough Issues of Race

Dec. 5, 2006

 

Newsweek | “Is Your Baby Racist?”

Sept. 14, 2009

 

Dateline NBC | Are Purses Just for Girls?

March 2011

 

Austin American Statesmen | Girls Schools Like Ann Richards Scrutinized In Academic Paper

Oct. 7, 2011

 

KUT-Austin | Austin School Board to Debate Single-Sex Schools Tonight

 

Good Day Austin, Morning Show, Fox News | AISD and Single-Sex Campuses.

 

KXAN News | UT Study on Single-Sex Education

Oct. 9, 2011

 

KTBC/Fox 7 News | Are Sex-Segregated Schools Effective?

Oct. 11, 2011

 

KAZI 88.7 FM | The Wakeup Call with Richard Smith

Oct. 21, 2011

 

KAZI 88.7 FM | Talk Time with Richard Smith

Oct. 23, 2011

 

KVUE News | AISD could open all-girls, all-boys schools

Nov. 8, 2011

 

USA Today | Women’s Colleges Struggle to Keep Identity and Enrollment

Aug. 17, 2012

 

Michigan Public Radio | What You Can Learn About Prejudice by Putting Kids in Different Colored Shirts

April 3, 2013

 

Christian Science Monitor |  Sexy Halloween Costumes for Girls? Study Backs up Concerned Parents

Oct. 31, 2014

 

The New York Times | Old Tactic Gets New Use: Public Schools Separate Girls and Boys

Nov. 20, 2014

 

The New York Times |  Talking About Racism With White Kids 

Nov. 25, 2014

 

BuzzFeed News | Austin Thinks It Can Save Poor Kids By Separating Boys And Girls 

Dec. 2, 2014

 

KUT-Austin | Q & A: The Pros and Cons of Single Sex Education

Dec. 22, 2014 

 

Huffington Post Live | Are there benefits to single-sex colleges?

March 24, 2015

 

Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) News | No Girls Allowed: The Single-Sex School Debate

Summer 2015 issue

 

Parents Magazine | Raise a Respectful Child 

June 2015 issue

 

Hogg Blog—Hogg Foundation for Mental Health | Into the Fold, Episode 12: Rebecca Bigler on Internalized Sexualization in Adolescent Girls

June 25, 2015

Former Graduate Students


Christia Spears Brown (Ph.D. 2003)

Dr. Brown is currently Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Kentucky. She studies social stereotyping and prejudice, children's perceptions of discrimination, and the development of ethnic identity. She is also interested in the experiences of immigrant children and interventions designed to reduce stereotyping and prejudice. For more information, visit http://web.mac.com/christiabrown/Lab/Home.html

Erica S. Weisgram (Ph.D. 2006)

Dr. Weisgram is currently Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin Steven's Point. Her work examines the role of gender and gender-related cognitions (e.g., stereotypes, beliefs, values) in shaping children's personal interests, including toy preferences, academic interests, and occupational goals. She also studies girls’ and women’s interest in nontraditional (e.g., STEM) occupations. For more information, visit http://www.uwsp.edu/psych/Pages/faculty/eWeisgram.aspx

Meagan Patterson (Ph.D. 2007)

Dr. Patterson is currently Assistant Professor of Psychology and Research in Education at the University of Kansas. Her research focuses on the roles of environmental and organismic factors in the formation of intergroup attitudes. She examines children's integration of views of the self and social groups, and its consequences for developmental outcomes (identity, peer relations, interests). For more information, visit http://www.soe.ku.edu/faculty-staff/meagan-patterson.shtml

Julie Milligan Hughes (Ph.D. 2008)

Dr. Hughes is currently Assistant Professor of Psychology at The College of New Jersey. Her work examines children's and adolescents' knowledge, attitudes, and reasoning about race, especially racial discrimination and inequality. She also examines predictors of individuals' views of race-related educational and legal policies. Her dissertation was awarded the Annette Urso Rickel Award for Dissertation in Public Policy. For more information, visit http://padlab.pages.tcnj.edu/ 

Erin Pahlke  (Ph.D. 2009)

Dr. Pahlke is currently Assistant Professor of Psychology at Whitman College. Her work addresses three broad questions: (1) How do children and adolescents form their views of race and gender? (2) What are the consequences of children’s and adolescents’ views of race and gender? and (3) What is the impact of experiences with racial and gender diversity on youth’s academic and socio-emotional outcomes?  For more information, visit http://www.whitman.edu/content/psychology/people/faculty/pahlke

Recent Publications


Hughes, J. M., & Bigler, R. S. (2011). Predictors of African American and European American adolescents’ endorsement of race-conscious social policies. Developmental Psychology, 47, 479-492.

Halpern, D. F., Eliot, L., Bigler, R. S., Fabes, R. A., Hanish, L. D., Hyde, J., Liben, L. S., & Martin, C. L. (2011). The pseudoscience of single-sex schooling. Science, 333, 1706-1707.

Pahlke, E., Bigler, R. S., & Suizzo, M. (2012). Relations between colorblind socialization and children’s racial bias: Evidence from European American mothers and their preschool children. Child Development, 83, 1164-1179.

Patterson, M. M., Pahlke, E., & Bigler, R. S. (2013). Witnesses to history: Children’s views of race and the 2008 United States presidential election. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 13, 186-210. DOI: 10.1111/j.1530-2415.2012.01303.x

Hayes, A. R., & Bigler, R. S. (2013). Gender-related values, perceptions of discrimination, and mentoring in STEM graduate training. International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology, 5, 254-280.

Bigler, R. S., & Wright. Y. F. (2014). Reading, writing, arithmetic, and racism? Risks and benefits to teaching children about intergroup biases. Child Development Perspectives, 8, 18-23.


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