Hazel Markus
Davis-Brack Professor in the Behavioral Sciences


  • Race and diversity

Hazel Markus is a professor in the behavioral sciences at Stanford University and co-director of the Mind, Culture, and Society Lab in the Department of Psychology at Stanford. Markus is a social psychologist exploring the interdependence between psychological structures and processes and sociocultural environments.  She and her colleagues investigate how self and agency are shaped by engagement with culture-specific meanings, practices, artifacts, and institutions of particular contexts, and, in turn, how psychological tendencies serve to perpetuate these particular cultural contexts.  Their work considers how race, ethnicity, gender, social class, national origin, region, religion, and cohort influence thoughts, feeling, and action. Markus received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University at San Diego in 1970 and a doctorate in psychology from University of Michigan in 1975.