Rhoda K. Unger (1939-2019)

Capdevila, Rose (2020). Rhoda K. Unger (1939-2019). American Psychologist, 75(6) p. 870.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1037/amp0000628


Memorializes Rhoda K. Unger (1939–2019). Unger was a feminist empiricist psychologist who advocated for the importance of asking the right questions. Her academic work, her activism, and her engagement with psychology as a discipline were all informed by a heartfelt and enduring commitment to social justice. Laudably, she mentored, encouraged, and supported countless early career feminist scholars as they found their way in the discipline. In 1998, Rhoda became professor emerita after almost 30 years at Montclair State University and joined Brandeis University as resident scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center. Across her career, she maintained a commitment to activism within psychology. She served as president of the American Psychological Association (APA) divisions the Society for the Psychology of Women (1980 –1981) and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPPSI; 1998 –1999) and was the inaugural editor of the SPSSI journal Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy.

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