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Patrick Grzanka


Patrick is an Assistant (soon-to-be Associate!) Professor of Psychology and incoming Chair of the Interdisciplinary Program in Women, Gender, and Sexuality at the University of Tennessee’s flagship campus in Knoxville. He earned a Ph.D. in American Studies (2010) and B.A. in Journalism (2004) from the University of Maryland. As an interdisciplinarily trained, critical psychologist, his scholarship, teaching, and service reflect a commitment to transformative, applied social research on complex inequalities, with a focus on the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality. His research on intersectionality and mental health has been funded by the National Science Foundation and SPSSI. The second edition of his first book, Intersectionality: Foundations and Frontiers, was published by Routledge earlier this year; he has also co-edited special issues of Journal of Counseling Psychology and Sexuality Research and Social Policy on intersectionality and neoliberalism, respectively. In 2018, he was honored to be the SPSSI Speaker at the National Institute for Teaching of Psychology and the winner of the Michele Alexander Early Career Award. He currently serves on SPSSI’s Teaching and Mentoring Committee and has presented research at SPSSI’s conferences or in the division’s program at APA since 2014. Outside of SPSSI, he is Associate Editor of Journal of Counseling Psychology (since 2017) and Consulting Editor for Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. He is a queer man and a feminist, antiracist activist involved with many organizations in Tennessee, where he currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Tennessee Advocates for Planned Parenthood.