Elizabeth R. Cole

Director of the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID)

Headshot of Elizabeth R. ColeProfessor Cole’s interdisciplinary research is rooted theoretically in women’s studies and methodologically in psychology. She has published a body of theoretical work translating the concept of intersectionality for application in the social sciences. Her empirical work provides exemplars for this approach in areas that include: women’s political attitudes and activism; body image and sexuality among diverse women; and implications of diverse campuses for students’ development of race and gender identity and consciousness.

Professor Cole has served as a department chair, associate dean, and interim dean of LSA for a total of nine years. She is is a member of the editorial boards for Psychology of Women Quarterly and American Psychologist and has served as President of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (Division 9 of APA).

Fields of study:

  • Intersectionality
  • Qualitative methods
  • Femininity
  • Relationship between political attitudes and behaviors, particularly among African Americans and all women


PhD Personality Psychology (University of Michigan)


E-Mail: ecole@umich.edu

Administrative Contact
Janine Leah Capsouras
E-Mail: jleahcap@umich.edu

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