Professor of Psychology and Former Director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community
Dr. Heather Bulllock is Professor of Psychology and former Director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance and Community at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She received her Ph.D. in experimental social psychology from the University of Rhode Island. Before joining the faculty at UCSC, she served as an American Psychological Association/American Association for the Advancement of Science Congressional Fellow with the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, and Labor, and Pensions - Democratic Office. She worked for Senator Edward M. Kennedy on a wide range of social and economic issues related to poverty, welfare reform, hunger, youth violence, and early childhood education.
Her research focuses on poverty and economic injustice, particularly discrimination against low-income families. Much of her work looks at how beliefs about inequality and economic opportunity influence support for welfare and anti-poverty policies. She also studies how prejudice and discrimination affects the everyday treatment and well-being of low-income women and their families. Currently, she is working on a project examining low-income families' pathways in and out of homelessness. Major goals of this study include identifying strategies that help families gain financial security and developing policy recommendations that support these goals.
Her writings appear in journals such as the Journal of Social Issues, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, and Feminism & Psychology. Her co-authored book with Dr. Bernice Lott, Psychology and Economic Injustice: Personal, Professional, and Political Intersections, was recently published by the American Psychological Association.
She speaks frequently about women's poverty, classsism, and economic injustice. Dr. Bullock is currently chair of the American Psychological Association's Committee on Socioeconomic Status. In this position, she is working to raise awareness of class-based discrimination and its consequences. In Santa Cruz, she served as a board member of Friends Outside, an organization that assists inmates and their families.
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