Dr. Thomas Dirth

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Assistant Professor of Psychology

Office/Department: Psychology

Location: Hagg-Sauer Hall 207

Email: thomas.dirth@bemidjistate.edu

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Bio

My scholarly interests and priorities are distinctly shaped by my experience as a physically disabled person. They include domains of diversity/multiculturalism, stigma, stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination, and the social identity approach to advantaged/disadvantaged identity experiences, in conjunction with a wide range of disability-related phenomena elaborated within the interdisciplinary field of Disability Studies.

I am passionate about teaching coursework that incorporates multicultural and marginalized perspectives to critically consider the psychological knowledge base. I am an advocate for greater access and inclusion of disabled perspectives (students, faculty, staff) in higher education.

I enjoy spending my free time with my spouse and my dog. Some of my favorite things include coffee, coffee shops, beer, breweries, Harry Potter, sports, movies, and talking about Harry Potter, sports, and/or movies over coffee or beer.

Education

B.A. Psychology — Wartburg College, Waverly, IA

M.A. Psychology (Social) — University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA.

Ph.D. Psychology (Social) — University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.