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Fran Cherry

Emeritus Professor

Degrees:Ph.D. (Purdue)
Office:A500A Loeb Building

Research Interests

My current work is in the history and theory of psychology in general, and in social psychology, in particular. I would be interested in supervising students who are interested in social psychology’s contribution to the development of “action research” in the period from 1945 to 1965. This type of research focused on prejudice reduction, the analysis of discriminatory behavior and interventions for greater social justice. I am also interested in contemporary forms of action research.

If you are interested in contacting me about supervision, please have a look at what I have been working on as found in the following:


Rutherford, A., Cherry, F., & Unger, R. (Eds.). (2011). 75 years of social science for social action: Historical and contemporary perspectives on SPSSI’s scholar-activist legacy. Journal of Social Issues, 67(1), Whole Issue, 1-202. “Cautious Courage”: SPSSI’s connections and reconnections at the United Nations. Journal of Social Issues, 67, 165-178.

Rutherford, A., Unger, R., & Cherry, F. (2011). Reclaiming SPSSI’s Sociological past: Marie Jahoda and the immersion tradition in social psychology. Journal of Social Issues, 67, 42-58.

Cherry, F. (2009). Social Psychology. In Fox, D., Prilleltensky, I., & Austin, S. (Eds.). Critical Psychology: An Introduction. Second Edition, Chapter 6, pp 93-109.


Cherry, F. (2008). Thomas F. Pettigrew: Building on the scholar/activist tradition in social psychology. In  U. Wagner, L.R. Tropp, G. Finchilescu, & C.G. Tredoux (Eds.), Improving intergroup relations – Building on the legacy of Thomas F. Pettigrew. Oxford: Blackwell.