Phillip L. Hammack is Professor of Psychology at UC Santa Cruz and Director of the PCI Lab. He received his PhD in 2006 in Cultural Psychology from the Committee on Human Development at the University of Chicago. Trained as an interdisciplinary social scientist in both qualitative and quantitative methods, Hammack has conducted research with several communities experiencing social injustice. His early research examined the psychological consequences of poverty and the legacy of racism among young African Americans in Chicago.
Beginning in 2002, Hammack studied the social and psychological consequences of political conflict among Palestinian and Israeli youth, as well as the nature and effectiveness of dialogue-based contact programs. Hammack has published widely in this area, including Narrative and the Politics of Identity: The Cultural Psychology of Israeli and Palestinian Youth (2011, Oxford University Press). Hammack is the recipient of three early career awards: the Louise Kidder Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), the Erik Erikson Award from the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP), and the Ed Cairns Award from the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence (Division 48 of the American Psychological Association). He is editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Social Psychology and Social Justice.
Professor Hammack’s current research focuses on the social and political context of sexual and gender identity diversity in the United States. He currently has two large empirical projects underway in this area and one in development. The Community Climates Project is funded by the William T. Grant Foundation and examines community climate and social policy toward sexual and gender identity diversity in 10 counties in California, linking community climate to the psychological experience of LGBTQ youth. The Generations Project is funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and examines social change and the life course of sexual minorities, focusing on generational differences in lived experience. The Queer Intimacies Project is currently in development and will examine the social and psychological experience of individuals in non-normative relationships, including polyamorous, BDSM, and kink/fetish relationships. Hammack is co-editor of The Story of Sexual Identity: Narrative Perspectives on the Gay and Lesbian Life Course (2009, Oxford University Press) and editor of Oxford’s book series on Sexuality, Identity & Society.