Kay Deaux is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology Emerita at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is the author of To Be an Immigrant (Russell Sage, 2006), which develops a social psychological frame of analysis for the immigrant experience. Two foci of her recent immigration research are (a) ethnic, national, and bicultural identification of immigrants, as influenced by personal experience and social context, and (b) differences between 1st and 2nd generation immigrants, particularly immigrants from groups that experience discrimination and evaluation. Current collaborative research in Germany looks at the role of stereotype threat in the performance of Turkish-heritage students in German high schools.
Other recent activities include co-editorship of the Oxford Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology and membership on the Russell Sage Foundation Advisory Group on Cultural Contact. She has served as President of the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for the Psychology Study of Social Issues, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.