Faculty Biography

Michael Bamberg

Michael Bamberg, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone: 508.793.7135
Email: mbamberg@clarku.edu

Curriculum Vitae
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Dr. Bamberg received a Staatsexamen in German, Politics and Education from the Universität Marburg, Germany in 1975, an M.Phil. in Linguistics from the University of York, England in 1978, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1985. He has been at Clark since 1986.

Current Research and Teaching

Dr. Bamberg's research is in the area of Discourse and Identity with an emphasis on how Narratives (particularly "Small Stories") are employed as general sense-making and identity-building strategies. Methodologically, he approaches the study of identity microanalytically (microgenetically) as an emergent process that is deeply embedded in local and situated context. His research projects are in the area of adolescent and post-adolescent identity formation, particularly the emergence of professional identities.

Selected Publications

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Bamberg, M., De Fina, A., & Schiffrin, D. (2010). Discursive perspectives on identity construction. In S. Schwartz, K. Luyckx & V. Vignoles (Eds.), Handbook of identity theory and research. Berlin/New York: Springer Verlag.

Bamberg, M. (2009). Identity and narration. In P. Huehn, J. Pier, W. Schmid & J Schoenert (Eds.), Handbook of narratology. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.

Bamberg, M., & Marchman, V. (2009). Small stories as a new perspective in narrative and identity analysis. Text & Talk, 28(3), 377-396.

Bamberg, M., & Georgakopoulou, A. (2008). Small stories as a new perspective in narrative and identity analysis. Text & Talk, 28(3), 377-396.

Bamberg, M. (2008). Twice-told-tales: Small story analysis and the process of identity formation. In T. Sugiman, K. J. Gergen, W. Wagner, & Y. Yamada (Eds.), Meaning in action (pp. 183-204). Japan: Springer.

Bamberg, M. (2006). Biographic-narrative research, quo vadis? A critical review of 'big stories' from the perspective of 'small stories.' In K. Milnes, C. Horrocks, N. Kelly, B. Roberts, & D. Robinson (Eds.), Narrative, memory, and knowledge: Representations, aesthetics, and contexts. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield Press.

Bamberg, M. (2004). “We are young, responsible, and male”: Form and function of ‘slut-bashing’ in the identity constructions in 15-year-old males, and  Talk, small stories, and adolescent identities. Human Development, 47, 331-353.

Bamberg, M. (2004). Narrative discourse and identities. In J. C. Meister, T. Kindt, W. Schernus, & M. Stein (Eds.), Narratology beyond literary criticism (pp. 213-237). Berlin & New York: Walter de Gruyter

Bamberg, M. (2004). Considering counter narratives. In: M. Bamberg & M. Andrews (Eds.), Considering counter narratives: Narrating, resisting, making sense (pp. 351-371). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Korobov, N. & Bamberg, M. (2004) Positioning a ‘mature’ self in interactive practices: How adolescent males negotiate ‘physical attraction’ in group talk and Development as micro-genetic positioning. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 22, 471-492.

Bamberg, M. (2003) “Positioning with Davie Hogan – Stories, Tellings, and Identities. In C. Daiute & C. Lightfoot (Eds.), Narrative analysis: Studying the development of individuals in society (pp. 135-157). London: Sage.