Welcome to Mathey College! This is my first year as Head of Mathey, so I am looking forward to embarking on a wonderful new adventure with all of you. The superb staff and I truly hope Mathey feels like a home away from home for each of our students.
I am originally from New York City but grew up in Southern California. You can tell this about me because I start shivering at the first sign of winter and my “valley girl” accent comes out when I am talking to old friends. I studied Psychology and Economics as an undergraduate at Stanford University and then did my PhD in Psychology at UCLA. I came back to the east coast to teach at the University of Virginia for eight years before joining the faculty at Princeton.
I am currently a Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs, as well as Associated Faculty in African American Studies. This means that when I am not at Mathey, I am hanging out the undergraduates, graduate students and post-docs in my lab, where we study intergroup relations. I have taught a number of courses at Princeton, but I am most likely to see you in Prejudice: Its Causes, Consequences and Cures. The topic can be controversial and downright depressing at times, but I think it is important and interesting.
I am sure you will see my husband, Joseph Barnes, and my son, Marshall (7 years old), in the dining hall. They are both thrilled to be joining the Mathey community as well. Please feel free to say “Hi” or have a meal with us. In addition, I am happy to meet for coffee, a meal, a walk or just a chat. You can also pop by my Mathey College office (315 Hamilton Hall). I am looking forward to meeting each of you.