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Myles Durkee

Assistant Professor of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Myles Durkee is a psychologist who examines the dynamics of cultural invalidations, identity threats, and racial codeswitching to determine how these factors influence important psychosocial outcomes (e.g., mental health, identity development, & academic achievement). Specifically this work examines how youth of color navigate racial contexts, modify their racial behavior, and internalize racial messages from individuals inside and outside of their racial group.

Dr. Durkee received a B.A. in Psychology from Pomona College and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology: Applied Developmental Science from the University of Virginia. He also completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan.

Selected Publications

Cultural invalidations: Deconstructing the “acting White” phenomenon among Black and Latinx college students.

Durkee, M. I., Gazley, E., Hope, E. C., & Keels, M. (2019). Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology25(4), 451–460. https://doi.org/10.1037/cdp0000288

The costs of code-switching.

McCluney, C. L., Robotham, K. J., Lee, S., Smith II, R. E., & Durkee, M. I. (2019). Harvard Business Reviewhttps://hbr.org/2019/11/the-costs-of-codeswitching

Accusations of acting white: Links to Black students’ racial identity and mental health.

Durkee, M. I., & Williams, J. L. (2015). Journal of Black Psychology41(1), 26-48. doi:10.1177/0095798413505323

The Psychological and Academic Costs of School-Based Racial and Ethnic Microaggressions.

Keels, M., Durkee, M. I., & Hope, E. C. (2017). American Educational Research Journal54(6), 1316-1344. doi: 10.3102/0002831217722120

Participation in Black Lives Matter and deferred action for childhood arrivals: Modern activism among Black and Latino college students.

Hope, E. C., Keels, M., & Durkee, M. I. (2016). Journal of Diversity in Higher Education9(3), 203-215. doi:10.1037/dhe0000032

Racial inequalities in health: Framing future research.

Hicken, M. T., Kravitz-Wirtz, N., Durkee, M. I., & Jackson, J. S. (2018). Social Science & Medicine199(C), 11-18. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.12.027

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