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Department of

Psychological Sciences

Anne Koenig

Associate Professor

Anne Koenig, PhD, teaches courses such as Social Psychology, the Social Psychology Research Methods Lab, the Psychology of Gender, and Introductory Psychology. She also has an active research program, working with students on various research projects in the areas of gender issues, stereotyping, and prejudice. Koenig’s current research is focuses on issues relating to stereotype content, role congruity theory of prejudice, and the ideologies of sex differences.

Education

Ph.D., Northwestern University, Social Psychology (2007)
M.A., Northwestern University, Social Psychology  (2003)
B.S., Iowa State University, Psychology (2001)

Scholarly and Creative Work

Koenig’s research focuses on gender issues and stereotyping and prejudice. She has used both correlational and experimental paradigms to assess the sources of stereotype content and to test role congruity theory of prejudice, both of which relate to social role theory. Koenig also studies the ideologies of sex differences, or what the general public views as the best way to reduce gender stereotyping and prejudice.

Koenig has received Faculty Research Grants from USD to conduct some of her research. She has published research articles in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Sex Roles and presented posters at several conferences, including the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and the Association for Psychological Science. Her undergraduate students have also presented their work at the Western Psychological Association, the Psychology Department Student Colloquium Series, and USD’s Creative Collaborations Conference.

How Observations of Groups' Social Roles Shape Stereotypes of Their Communion, Competence, and Agency
A Meta-Analysis of the Gender-Typing of Stereotypes of Leaders
The Impact of Parental Divorce on the Attitudes and Preferences of Young Adults
Students Reactions to Public Safety Reports of Hate Crimes
Self-Esteem as a Result of Social Comparison by College Major

Teaching Interests

Koenig teaches courses in social psychology at USD, including Social Psychology and the Social Psychology Research Methods Lab. Within her lab course, students work together to design their own experimental research project, collect and analyze the data, and write an APA style research report on their project. Her interests in gender issues also motivated Koenig to create a special topics course  on the psychology of gender, which focuses on sex differences and similarities and the possible causes of those differences. She also teaches Introductory Psychology.