Stephanie A. Shields is Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies at The Pennsylvania State University (University Park) where she coordinates the dual-title Ph.D. in Women’s Studies and Psychology. She served as Director of Women’s Studies at Penn State and the University of California, Davis. She was founding director of the UC Davis Consortium for Research on Women and Gender. She is president of the Society for the Psychology of Women (APA Division 35) 2011-2012.
Dr. Shields's research is at the intersection of emotion, gender, and feminist psychology. Her work focuses on the micropolitics of emotion, the use of one's own or others' emotions to assert or challenge status and power. She is a two-time winner of the Association for Women in Psychology's Distinguished Publication Award, first for Speaking from the Heart: Gender and the Social Meaning of Emotion (Cambridge, 2002), and then for a special issue of Sex Roles on intersectionality of social identities (September 2008). She has also developed WAGES, an experiential learning demonstration of the nature and cumulative effects of apparently minor biases in the academic workplace.
Her editorial experience includes Feminism & Psychology, Sex Roles, (editorial boards), and Review of General Psychology, Psychology of Women Quarterly, and Teaching of Psychology (consulting editor). She was the founding editor of The Emotion Researcher of the International Society for Research on Emotion. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the Society of Experimental Social Psychology.
Dr. Shields is pleased to have the opportunity to make connections between her research work and the practical concerns of people's everyday lives. Her research has recently been featured in Slate, Elle (Canada), Toronto Globe & Mail, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Times (London), and La Tercera (Chile), to name a few.
In her other life, she is a backyard birder, avid traveler, and fan of New Yorker cartoons. She never lets a day go by without Argentine tango.