Julie Woodzicka Abigail Grigsby Urquhart Professor of Psychology, Washington and Lee University

Talk Title: Are All Jokes Created Equal? Differential Effects of Group-Based Disparagement Humor
Tuesday, October 3, 12:00 p.m.
Hillel Multipurpose Room

Julie Woodzicka, Abigail Grigsby Urquhart Professor of Psychology, Washington and Lee University is the co-author of numerous articles, including "It's Just a (Sexist) Joke: Comparing Reactions to Sexist Versus Racist Communications" (2015) in "Humor: International Journal of Humor Research;" "A Successful Model of Collaborative Undergraduate Research: A Multi-faculty, Multi-project, Multi-institution Team Approach" (2015) in "Teaching of Psychology;" and "Not All Groups are Equal: Differential Vulnerability of Social Groups to the Prejudice-releasing Effects of Disparagement Humor" (2014) in "Group Processes and Intergroup Relations."

Woodzicka earned her B.A. at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, her M.A. at the University of Dayton and her Ph.D. from Boston College, spending the last two years of her program in residence at Yale University.

She joined the faculty at Washington and Lee in 2000, and co-taught W&L's inaugural women's and gender studies introductory course. Woodzicka's research explores the interpersonal and social consequences of subtle prejudice and discrimination, most recently the effects of sexist and racist humor.

Woodzicka is certified in the Facial Action Coding System, allowing her to examine nuanced facial expressions. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Council on Undergraduate Research and the American Psychological Foundation.

She has served as chairperson for W&L's Science, Society and the Arts undergraduate research conference and the Institutional Review Board for Research with Human Subjects. She has been a member of many W&L committees, including the President's Advisory Committee, Faculty Executive Committee, Student Affairs Committee, Student Faculty Hearing Board, Women's and Gender Studies Advisory Committee and Faculty Athletics Mentor Program (swimming).