Jessica L. Collett

Jessica L. Collett

Professor & Vice Chair

Office: 292 Haines Hall


Phone: 310-267-4957

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Engaging social psychological concepts and theories as tools to understand social life.

Jessica L. Collett joined the UCLA faculty in 2018. She is a social psychologist, primarily interested in small group processes, identity, and the relationship between the two.

Her work spans substantive areas, employing social psychological concepts and theories in the study of family, religion, work, and education, and uses diverse methodological approaches. Recent research appears in Social Forces and Social Psychology Quarterly. In her current research projects she is exploring graduate student professionalization, the sociological sources and implications of impostor syndrome, and the effects of shifting conceptions of fatherhood for men’s perception of self and contributions to childcare and household labor.

She is also an award-winning teacher, most recently having received the Charles E. Sheedy Award for Excellence in Teaching from the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. Related to teaching, she is a co-author of Social Psychology, a leading textbook in her field, and has published teaching related articles in Teaching Sociology , Social Psychology Quarterly, and Sage Research Methods Cases. At UCLA she teaches Introductory Sociology, as well as undergraduate courses in Self and Society and Socialization and the Life Course, and a graduate course on the Social Psychology of Gender.


Ph.D., Sociology, University of Arizona

M.A., Sociology, University of Arizona

B.A., Sociology and History, minor in Women’s Studies, Winthrop University

Fields of Study

Subfields: Social Psychology, Gender and Family, Emotions, Social Inequality, Religion

Graduate Students

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