PJ Henry

Associate Professor of Psychology; Global Network Associate Professor of Psychology Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BA University of Wisconsin; PhD UCLA

Research Areas: inequality, legitimizing ideologies, gender, sexuality


PJ Henry is a social psychologist with interdisciplinary interests in the areas of political psychology and intergroup relations. His past research program has included work on prejudice, stigma, and the language that justifies inequalities, with a focus on race and class. His current research program is the study of beliefs about gender and gender role expectations as a central, guiding ideological force that informs a wide range of political and social beliefs. This research has relied mostly on survey methodology and archival data analyses and has considered multiple levels of analysis from the individual to the country.

At NYU Abu Dhabi, he teaches introduction to psychology, statistics, and prejudice. Henry has taught around the world, spending a year as a Humboldt research fellow at the Germany's University of Bielefeld and before arriving at NYUAD, at DePaul University in Chicago. He spent a year at the American University of Beirut, an experience he calls "life-changing" as an opportunity to live and study in a multi-ethnic, multi-religious society with many shades of conflict and many ways of understanding differences.

Henry has been published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, Political Psychology, and Sex Roles and served as an associate editor at the European Journal of Social Psychology. He holds his PhD and MA in Social Psychology from the University of California Los Angeles and a BA from the University of Wisconsin. In addition to his Humboldt Fellowship at Bielefeld, he did postdoctoral research at Yale University and the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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