Jessica Salvatore

Five College Mellon Fellow in Psychology


  • B.A., Swarthmore College
  • M.A., Princeton University
  • Ph.D., Princeton University


I am broadly interested in two topics and their intersection.  The first topic is social influence and responsiveness to social norms.  The second topic is self and identity -- or, more accurately, personal selves and collective identities, particularly ones that are socially stigmatizing.  At their intersection are deeply political and also deeply personal questions of how individuals negotiate and manage their place within social groups and how groups negotiate and manage their place within larger social systems.  My projects have been wide-ranging (see recent publication titles), but they are united by their links to these two topics and they touch upon, for example, questions about how people manage and respond to evaluation concerns and identity threats by recruiting self-regulation and engaging in various forms of social policing.

Recent Publications

Salvatore, J., & Prentice, D.A. (2011). The independence paradox. In J. Jetten & M.J. Hornsey (Eds.), Rebels in Groups: Dissent, Deviance, Difference and Defiance. London: Blackwell-Wiley.

Salvatore, J., & Marecek, J. (2010). Gender in the gym: Evaluation concerns as barriers to weight lifting among women. Sex Roles, 63, 556-567.

Haslam, S.A., Salvatore, J., Kessler, T., & Reicher, S.D. (2008). The social psychology of success. Scientific American Mind, 19, 24-31.

Salvatore, J., & Shelton, J.N. (2007). Cognitive costs of exposure to racial prejudice. Psychological Science, 18, 810-815.

Shelton, J.N., Richeson, J.A., Salvatore, J., & Hill, D.M. (2006). Silence is not golden: The intrapersonal consequences of not confronting prejudice. In S. Levin and C. Van Laar (Eds.), Stigma and group inequality. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.