Jessica L. Collett

Jessica Collett


Jessica Collett is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Sociology. She joined the Notre Dame faculty in 2006 after receiving her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Arizona.

Professor Collett teaches a variety of courses at Notre Dame including undergraduate and graduate courses on Social Psychology and seminars on Social Inequality and Socialization and the Life Course. She has contributed to undergraduate education in other ways: directing award-winning senior theses in both Sociology and Gender Studies, teaching the Kaneb Center’s Graduate Education course on “Effective and Exciting Teaching in Social Sciences and Humanities,” and training a number of her department’s graduate students to be more effective teachers through teaching assistantships, apprenticeships, and mentoring. Her success in the classroom was recognized in 2015 with Notre Dame’s Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

A social psychologist, Professor Collett is most interested in small group processes, identity, and the relationship between the two. Her work spans substantive areas, employing social psychological concepts and theories in the study of family, religion, work, and education, and uses diverse methodological approaches. In her current research projects she is exploring graduate student professionalization, the sociological sources and implications of the impostor syndrome, and the effect that shifting conceptions of fatherhood have for men's perceptions of self and their contributions to household labor and carework.

Contact Information
Department of Sociology
810 Flanner Hall
P: (574) 631-6463