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Mary Kite

Mary Kite

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I joined the Department of Psychological Science at Ball State University in 1987 and am currently Professor of Psychological Science and Director of Undergraduate Studies. I am Past President of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology and past Secretary-Treasurer of the Midwestern Psychological Association. I am President of the Midwestern Psychological Association.

My research focuses on gender and how our beliefs about gender intersect with our beliefs about other groups. For example, much of my work has focused on attitudes toward and beliefs about gay men and lesbians and how these are linked to our attitudes and beliefs about men and women more generally. I am also interested in how our gender associated beliefs influence our beliefs about older adults. Another area of interest is measuring attitudes toward homosexuality.

Another area of interest is women's achievement and the factors and promote and hinder women's success, particularly in academics. I am particularly interested in what has been labeled the "chilly climate" for women and how that influences women's academic achievement.

A recent area of interest is on teaching stereotyping and prejudice and diversity and the difficulties faculty face in addressing those topics with their students.

Primary Interests:

  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Gender Psychology
  • Person Perception
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Sexuality, Sexual Orientation

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Other Publications:

  • Kite, M. E. (2001). Changing times, changing gender roles: Who do we want women and men to be? In R. Unger (Ed.), Handbook of the psychology of women and gender (pp. 215-227). New York: Wiley.
  • Kite, M. E. (2001). Gender stereotypes. In J. Worrell (Ed.), Encyclopedia of gender (pp. 561-570). San Diego: Academic Press.
  • Kite, M. E., & Balogh, D. W. (1997). Warming trends: Improving the chilly campus climate. In N. Benokraitis (Ed.), Subtle sexism: Current practices and prospects for change (pp. 264-278). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Kite, M. E., Deaux, K., & Haines, E. (2008). Gender stereotypes. In F. Denmark & M. Paludi (Eds.), Handbook on the psychology of women (2nd ed. pp. 205-236). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
  • Kite, M. E., & Littleford, L. N. (2015). Teaching about diversity across the undergraduate psychology curriculum. In D.S. Dunn (Ed.). The Oxford Handbook of Undergraduate Psychology Education (pp. 129-141). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  • Kite, M. E., & Wagner, L. S. (2002). Attitudes toward older and younger adults. In T. Nelson (Ed.), Ageism: Stereotyping and prejudice against older persons (pp. 129-161). Boston, MA: MIT Press.
  • Kite, M. E., & Whitley, B. E., Jr. (1998). Do heterosexual women and men differ in their attitudes toward homosexuality? A conceptual and methodological analysis. In G. M. Herek (Ed.), Psychological perspectives on lesbians and gay issues: Vol 4. Stigma and sexual orientation: Understanding prejudice against lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals (pp. 39-61). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Littleford, L. N., & Kite, M. E. (2011). Sexual minorities in diverse cultures. In K. Keith (Ed.). Cross cultural psychology: Contemporary themes and perspectives (pp. 235-256). Oxford England: Blackwell.

Courses Taught:

  • Career Planning in Psychology
  • Psychology of Diversity
  • Psychology of Stereotyping and Prejudice
  • Research Methods
  • Social Psychology

Mary Kite
Department of Psychological Science
Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana 47306
United States

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