A Quarter of California Adolescents May Be ‘Gender Nonconforming.’ So What Does That Mean?

By: Jon Brooks

Date: 12/23/17

“Phil Hammack is a professor of psychology and researcher at the University of California, Santa Cruz, who specializes in sexual and gender identity. He thinks that when it comes to bullying, gender expression is the new sexual orientation.

‘A lot of bullying is around expression and not sexuality,’ he said. ‘A gay boy who is considered totally masculine is considered fine by his peers. But nonconforming people are getting bullied.’

Even though there is much greater visibility for gender nonconforming youth, Hammack said, ‘the culture is in a state of anxiety around this revolution.’

‘This is the next frontier for us to address among people who care about young people’s well-being.'”


Professor Hammack named CASBSS fellow 2017-2018

By: Jennifer McNulty

Date: 4/26/2017

“Phil Hammack is only partway through an ambitious study of the physical and psychological well-being of LGBTQ youth, and he is already surprised by his observations. ‘We have had no problem at all finding high-school aged LGBTQ youth to participate in the research, including transgender youth,’ said Hammack. Hammack is reaching out to LGBTQ youth in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Central Valley to understand how local community contexts can exacerbate or ameliorate stressors associated with being LGBTQ.”

Sam Hughes interviewed on prison masturbation by Vice

By Kristen Dold

Date: 1/6/2017

“The ban on masturbation is nothing new, but a recent crackdown has guys like Richards and Bulger suffering heftier consequences, says social psychologist Sam Hughes, a PhD candidate at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and author of the forthcoming paper Release Within Confinement: An Alternative Proposal for Managing Male Inmate Masturbation in US Prisons. Overcrowded prisons are partially to blame: “Private space just doesn’t exist in a lot of these places—inmates are living in what look like warehouses with rows and rows of bunk beds; sometimes the bathrooms don’t have stalls, so any masturbating is essentially done in front of others.” California prisons have become so packed in recent years that the Supreme Court found they violated the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment back in 2011. (The overflow is improved, but still problematic, today.)”

Exploring Kink an Atypical Sexual Behavior at UCSC

by Alyssa Proudfoot

Date: 2/14/2016

“What is Kink and who partakes in it?…Sam Hughes, a first-year doctoral student in Psychology at UCSC, contributed his expertise on kink and atypical sexual relationships for the article. Sam discusses the various ways in which kinksters experience atypical sexual behavior, ranging from erotic to sensual to none-of-the-above. He continues to discuss the stress relieving components of kink and the importance of a kink community for undergraduate students seeking a sense of belonging with their sexualities…”

Going the Distance: Contact vs. Motivation announcement

by Phillip Hammack & Andrew Pilecki

Date: 2/12/2016

“Phillip Hammack, an Associate Professor of Psychology and Andrew Pilecki, a graduate of the department’s Ph.D. program, published an op-ed, Going the distance: contact vs. motivation, arguing that well-intentioned programs that promote contact to reduce prejudice are, at best, inconsequential, and at worst, harmful. ”

Generations Project in Bay Area Reporter

by Matthew Bajko

Date: 10/22/2015

The Generations Project was recently covered in the Bay Area Reporter! Professor Phil Hammack and Erin Toolis were interviewed regarding their experiences with the project. Professor Hammack provided an overview of the Generations Project and the relevance of sociohistorical contexts in studying LGBT health. Erin Toolis described the study’s qualitative interviews and common themes emerging in participants’ narratives.

Five Generations of Gay Men

by Nathaniel Christopher

Date: 12/1/2013

“Gay men’s health is closely linked to the era in which they were born and raised and which generation of gay they belong to, says an associate professor in psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. ‘How gay men think about themselves, their bodies and their desires is a product of social and historical time,’ Phillip Hammack told the ninth annual BC Gay Men’s Health Summit in his keynote address on Nov 8.Hammack says the health and wellness of gay men is tied both to the historical time in which they came of age and to the experiences they shared with their generational peers at the time.”

Beyond HIV/AIDS: Gay Men Expand Outlook at B.C. Gay Men’s Health Summit

by Craig Takeuchi

Date: 11/5/2013

Professor Hammack was invited to be the Keynote speaker for the 2013 Gay Men’s Health Summit. Where he discussed his research on the generational variations and responses to the AIDS crisis/epidemic, as well as future directions for health research.

Professor Hammack Receives 3rd Early Career Award

by Guy Lasnier

Date: 8/1/2013

“UC Santa Cruz associate professor of psychology Phillip Hammack is one of two winners of the 2013 Erik Erikson Early Career Award from the International Society of Political Psychology. The award is given to a scholar who is within the first decade of receiving their Ph.D. to mark the promise and initiative of early career achievements. Also winning is Daphna Canetti, an associate professor at the School of Political Science, University of Haifa. The award was presented in Israel last month.”

Professor Hammack on the Same-Sex Marriage Court Ruling

by Guy Lasnier

Date: 6/27/2013

“I think we are clearly moving toward a radical new context for gays and lesbians — the stigma is lifting (more quickly than I might have imagined 10 years ago), ” said Phillip L. Hammack, UCSC associate professor of psychology and co-editor of the Oxford Series on Sexuality, Identity & Society. Hammack responded by email from Puerto Rico where he is attending meetings of the William T. Grant Foundation.”

Professor Hammack Wins William T. Grant Foundation Grant!

by Guy Lasnier

Date: 5/3/2013

“Phillip Hammack, UC Santa Cruz associate professor of psychology, is one of five young professors in the U.S. selected for five-year $350,000 research grants from the William T. Grant Scholars program.”

Putting the Evidence in Peace Building

by American Psychological Association (APA)

Date: 7/2012

“Phillip Hammack, PhD, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of California–Santa Cruz, has spent the past decade investigating how to foster lasting peace. His research suggests that facilitating contact between groups may not be enough. “Contact definitely does not always work,” he says.”

Professor Hammack Receives 2nd Early Career Award

by Guy Lasnier

Date: 2/3/2012

“Phillip. L. Hammack, assistant professor of psychology at UC Santa Cruz, has been named recipient of the 2011 Early Career Award of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence: Division of Peace Psychology, American Psychological Association (APA).”

Professor Hammack Receives 1st Early Career Award

by Guy Lasnier

Date: 9/30/2011

“Phillip Hammack, an assistant professor of psychology at UC Santa Cruz, has been awarded the Louise Kidder Early Career Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), a division of the American Psychological Association. The award recognizes researchers who have made substantial contributions to the field early in their careers.”

New book Questions Effectiveness of Peace-building Workshops

by Guy Lasnier

Date: 5/18/2011

“In his new book, Narrative and the Politics of Identity: The Cultural Psychology of Israeli and Palestinian Youth (Oxford University Press, 2011), Phillip L. Hammack writes of his experiences working with Israeli and Palestinian teenagers who have attended peace-building workshops in the United States.”