Tropp, who has been teaching in the California higher education system for the past four years, comes to the Psychology Department faculty from San Jose State University, where she was an instructor in social psychology.
A graduate of Wellesley College, Tropp earned master's and doctoral degrees in social psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
The Society for the Teaching of Psychology selected Tropp as winner of the 2000 McKeachie Early Career Teaching Excellence Award, and she won Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards from both the Graduate Council and Psychology Department at UC-Santa Cruz.
She is currently teaching courses in Prejudice and Intergroup Relations and Introduction to Behavioral Statistics and Research.
Research Assoc. Prof. Patricia M.Y. Chang
In addition to serving on the Sociology Department faculty, Chang is assistant director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life.
Chang, who taught sociology of religion at the University of Notre Dame, is an expert in the career experiences of Protestant women clergy, and will continue her research and writing on religion and organizations as well as directing day to day activities at the Boisi Center. She is writing a book on how understandings of theological authority influence the models of democracy that Protestant denominations use in decision-making.
Chang is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, where she majored in mass communications. She received her master's and doctoral degrees in sociology from Stanford University.
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