As the 2019 recipient of the James S. Jackson Distinguished Career Award for Diversity Scholarship, Dr. Patricia Gurin delivered the following lecture on November 18, 2019:

About Dr. Gurin

Patricia Gurin is the Nancy Cantor Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. She is a faculty associate of the Research Center for Group Dynamics at the Institute for Social Research and of the Center for African and Afro-American Studies. She directs the research program of the Program on Intergroup Relations, a curricular program co-sponsored by the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Student Life. A social psychologist, Dr. Gurin’s work has focused on social identity, the role of social identity in political attitudes and behavior, motivation and cognition in achievement settings, and the role of social structure in intergroup relations. She is the author of eight books and monographs and numerous articles on these topics. She is an expert witness in the University of Michigan’s defense of its undergraduate and law school admissions policies. In collaboration with Sylvia Hurtado, Eric Dey, and Gerald Gurin, all of the Center for Post-Secondary and Higher Education at the University of Michigan, she provided the expert report on the Educational Value of Diversity for these lawsuits.

Selected Publications and Works   

Gurin, P., Nagda, B.A., & Zúñiga, X. (2013). Dialogue across difference: Practice, theory, and research on intergroup dialogue. Russell Sage Foundation.

Gurin, P., Lehman, J., Lewis, E., Dey, E.L., & Gurin, G., and Hurtado, S. (2004) Defending diversity: Affirmative action at the University of Michigan. University of Michigan Press.

Hurtado, A. & Gurin, P. (2004). Chicana/o identity in a changing U.S. society: Quién soy? Quiénes somos? University of Arizona Press.

Gurin, P., Dey, E.L., Hurtado, S., & Gurin, G. (2002). Diversity and Higher Education: Theory and Impact on Educational Outcomes, Harvard educational review 72 (3), 330-367.

Gurin, P. (1999). The Compelling Need for Diversity in Higher Education (1999). Expert report prepared for the lawsuits Gratz and Hamacher v Bollinger, Duderstadt, the University of Michigan, and the University of Michigan College of LS&A, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Civil Action No. 97-75231; and Grutter v Bollinger, Lehman, Shields, the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan Law School, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Civil Action No. 97-75928.
Reprinted in: Michigan Journal of Race & Law, 5(1), 1999, 363-425.
Reprinted in: The University of Massachusetts Schools of Education Journal, 32(2), 1999, 36-62.

Tilly, L, & Gurin, P. (1990). Women, politics and change. Russell Sage Foundation.

Gurin, P., Hatchett, S., &  Jackson, J. (1989). Hope and independence: Blacks' response to electoral and party politics. New York: Russell Sage Foundation. 

Gurin, P., & Morrison, B. M. (1976).  Education, Labor Market Experiences and Current Expectancies of Black and White Men and Women.  Ann Arbor, MI: Institute for Social Research.

Gurin, P., & Epps, E. (1975). Black consciousness, identity and achievement: A study of students in historically black colleges. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Katz, I., & Gurin, P. (Eds.) (1969).  Race and the social sciences. New York: Basic Books.

About the Award

The James S. Jackson Distinguished Career Award for Diversity Scholarship recognizes a senior faculty member at the University of Michigan who has made important contributions to understanding diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, scholarship and creative endeavors, who has an outstanding record as an educator in teaching and mentoring, and whose work has focused on issues of importance to underrepresented communities.