Krista Maywalt Aronson

Associate Professor



Pettengill Hall, Room 378

Summary of Interests

  • Attitude development and change
  • Immigrant experiences
  • Identity development


  • Ph.D. University of Michigan, 2003
  • M.A. University of Michigan, 2000
  • B.A. Ithaca College, 1996

Research Interests

Professor Aronson is broadly interested in how people come to understand complex social constructs like race and how this understanding influences interpersonal interaction and psychological well-being. Her current work is focused in three areas:

  1. Effective interventions for enhancing intercultural relationships during childhood, adolescence and emerging adulthood
    • The development and assessment of story book and multimedia based interventions in collaboration with local elementary schools, community agencies, and Bates College.
  2. The dynamic nature of acculturation and the ways in which Somali and Non-Somali Mainers experience immigration during childhood and adulthood.
  3. Identity development during adolescence and adulthood, and how children see race.
    • How individuals from racial, ethnic and religious minority groups come to understand what it means to them to be a member of a particular group and the connection between identity and important life outcomes.
    • How children process and understand race as well as appropriate, effective and productive ways to discuss this topic with them.

Courses Taught

  • PSYC 211 Personality Psychology
  • PSYC 320 Adolescence
  • FYS 319 Emerging Adulthood (the psychology of 18-25-year-olds)
  • PSYC 372 Racial and Ethnic Identity Development
  • PSYC 261 Research Methods
  • ED/PY 262 Community-based Research Methods

Selected Publications

* indicates Bates student

*Kahn, N. F., & Aronson, K. M. (2012). Jewish American identity: Patterns of centrality and regard. Identity: An International Journal Of Theory And Research, 12(2), 185-190. doi:10.1080/15283488.2012.668729

Scottham, K., & *Dias, R. (2010). Acculturative strategies and the psychological adaptation of Brazilian migrants to Japan. Identity: An International Journal Of Theory And Research, 10(4), 284-303. doi:10.1080/15283488.2010.523587

Scottham, K., Cooke, D., Sellers, R., & Ford, K. (2010). Integrating process with content in understanding African American racial identity development. Self and Identity9(1), 19-40. doi:10.1080/15298860802505384

Scottham, K., & Smalls, C. (2009). Unpacking racial socialization: Considering female African American primary caregivers’ racial identity. Journal of Marriage & the Family71(4), 807-818. doi:10.1111/j.1741-3737.2009.00636.x

Scottham, K., Sellers, R., & Nguyên, H. (2008). A measure of racial identity in African American adolescents: The development of the Multidimensional Inventory of Black Identity–Teen. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology14(4), 297-306. doi:10.1037/1099-9809.14.4.297

Seaton, E., Scottham, K., & Sellers, R. (2006). The Status Model of Racial Identity Development in African American Adolescents: Evidence of Structure, Trajectories, and Well-Being. Child Development77(5), 1416-1426. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8624.2006.00944.x