Phillip L Hammack

DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentPsychology Department,
Stevenson College,
College Ten
AffiliationsCollege Ten,
Stevenson College
Web Site Politics, Culture & Identity (PCI) Lab
OfficeSocial Sciences 2, Room 351
Office HoursOn leave (2017-2018)
Campus Mail StopPsychology Faculty Services
Phillip L Hammack

Research Interests

(Please note that Professor Hammack is currently a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and will return to UC Santa Cruz in Fall, 2018. Please expect longer than normal response time to email communication.)

Professor Hammack studies sexual and gender identity diversity in social, historical, and political context. His specific interests include how sexual and gender identity minorities of distinct generations develop their identities, make meaning of social change, and navigate heterosexism and normativity; gay men’s health, identity development, and sexual cultures in the twenty-first century; sexual subcultures; queer forms of masculinity; non-normative relationships, including same-sex relationships, polyamory, kink/fetish relationships, and chosen families. His projects employ multiple methods, including narrative, ethnographic, and survey methods. Professor Hammack is also broadly interested in issues of social justice and paradigms for social justice research in psychology.

Biography, Education and Training

PhD, University of Chicago
MA, Loyola University, Chicago
AB, Georgetown University

Honors, Awards and Grants

R01 Research Grant, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (2014-2019)

William T. Grant Foundation Scholar Award (2013-2018)

Erik Erikson Early Career Award, International Society of Political Psychology (2013)

Ed Cairns Early Career Award, American Psychological Association, Division 48 (2012)

Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow Award (2011-2012)

Louise Kidder Early Career Award, American Psychological Association, Division 9 (SPSSI) (2011)

Visiting Fellowship, Joan B. Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame (2010-2011)

National Science Foundation, Planning Visit Grant (2009-2010)

United States Institute of Peace, Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship (2006)

Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (2005)

Selected Publications

Hammack, P.L. (2018) (Ed.). The Oxford handbook of social psychology and social justice. New York: Oxford University Press.

Hammack, P.L., Frost, D.M., Meyer, I.H., & Pletta, D.R. (2018). Gay men's health and identity: Social change and the life course. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 47, 59-74.

Hammack, P.L., & Toolis, E.E. (2016). Putting the social into personal identity: The master narrative as root metaphor for psychological and developmental science. Human Development, 58, 350-364.

Hammack, P.L. (2015). Theoretical foundations of identity. In K.C. McLean & M. Syed (Eds.), Oxford handbook of identity development (pp. 11-30). New York: Oxford University Press.

Hammack, P.L., & Pilecki, A. (2015). Power in history: Contrasting theoretical approaches to intergroup dialogue. Journal of Social Issues, 71(2), 371-385.

Hammack, P.L., & Toolis, E. (2015). Identity, politics, and the cultural psychology of adolescence. In L. Jensen (Ed.), Oxford handbook of human development and culture (pp. 396-409). New York: Oxford University Press.

Hammack, P.L. (2014). Mind, story, society: The political psychology of narrative. In M. Hanne, W. Crano, & J.S. Mio (Eds.), Warring with words: Narrative and metaphor in politics (pp. 51-77). New York: Psychology Press. 

Hammack, P. L., & Toolis, E.E. (2014). Narrative and the social construction of adulthood. New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development, 145, 43-56.

Hammack, P.L., Mayers, L., & Windell, E.P. (2013). Narrative, psychology, and the politics of sexual identity in the United States: From “sickness” to “species” to “subject.” Psychology & Sexuality, 4(3), 219-243.

Hammack, P.L., & Pilecki, A. (2012). Narrative as a root metaphor for political psychology. Political Psychology, 33(1), 75-103.

Hammack, P.L., & Cohler, B.J. (2011). Narrative, identity, and the politics of exclusion: Social change and the gay and lesbian life course. Sexuality Research & Social Policy, 8, 162-182.

Hammack, P.L. (2011). Narrative and the politics of identity: The cultural psychology of Israeli and Palestinian youth. New York: Oxford University Press. 

Hammack, P.L., & Cohler, B.J. (2009). The story of sexual identity: Narrative perspectives on the gay and lesbian life course. New York: Oxford University Press.

Courses Taught

PSYC 40: Introduction to Social Psychology
PSYC 140H: Sexual Identity & Society
PSYC 159S: Queer Intimacies
PSYC 211A: Social Justice & the Individual
PSYC 255: Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology

Advisees, Post Docs, Graduate Students, Researchers

NameE-Mail AddressPhone Number
Erin Elizabeth Toolis831-459-4876
Sam Hughes