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Suzanne Kessler

Professor of Psychology

Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Dean Kessler has been on the Purchase College faculty since 1972. In 2004, she was appointed dean of the School of Natural and Social Sciences and then dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and vice provost for academic affairs in 2010. Dr. Kessler is the author of Lessons from the Intersexed and co-author of Gender: An Ethnomethodological Approach as well as articles primarily on the social construction of gender.

Dr. Kessler received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and her doctorate in social psychology from City University of New York. She has been a member of the board of directors of the Purchase College Children’s Center since its founding in the 1970s and has been involved in criminal justice projects, most recently as chair of the board of Prison Communities International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rehabilitation in prison.

Research Interests

  • prison rehabilitation
  • social construction of gender

Publications

NEW:

About Rehabilitation through the Arts:  http://www.aa4cfp.org/clientuploads/proof%2014.pdf.

BOOKS

Kessler, S. and McKenna, W. Gender: An Ethnomethodological Approach. NY: Wiley-Interscience (1978); reprinted University of Chicago Press (1985). 

Kessler, S. J. Lessons from the Intersexed. New Brunswick, N. J.: Rutgers University Press, (1998).

SELECTED ARTICLES:

Michals, I. & Kessler, S. Prison Teachers and Their Students: A Circle of Satisfaction and Gain. The Journal of Correctional Education, 66, (2015) 47- 62.

Kessler, S. Psychology Students Learn How to use Evidence to Inform Practice, to Think Critically, and Write well. In K. Vaidya (ed.) Psychology for the Curious: Why Study Psychology. Curious Academic Publishing, (2015).

Halperin, R., Kessler, S., & Braunschweiger, D. “Rehabilitation Through the Arts: Impact on participants’ engagement in educational programs.” The Journal of Correctional Education, 63, 1, (2012) 6 – 23