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Jennifer Goetz

Associate Professor of Psychology • Chair of the Psychology Program Psychology
Work Young Hall—211 Work Phone: 859.238.5327
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Biographical Info

Jennifer Goetz joined the Centre College faculty in 2011 and was promoted to associate professor in 2016. She was awarded a Stodghill Research Professorship (2014) and  named a Centre Faculty Scholar (2018-2019). In 2019, Goetz will serve as Centre College’s Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Fellow.

Goetz is a social and cultural psychologist who specializes in emotional experience and culture. Her research has appeared in Psychological Bulletin, Emotion, Psychological Science, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. She co-authored the introductory chapter of the recent Oxford Handbook on Compassion Science. In her previous research, Dr. Goetz studied human-robot interaction to examine how humans anthropomorphize robots.

Goetz teaches a variety of upper-level courses in psychology including Cultural Psychology, Motivation and Emotion, and Psychology of Race and Ethnicity. She also enthusiastically teaches Experimental Methods and mentors students in independent research.

She earned a Ph.D. in social and personality psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.S. in information and decision systems from Carnegie Mellon University and taught at Middlebury College before joining the Centre College faculty. She also spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, West Africa.


File last updated: 3/21/19

Categories: Faculty, Psychology