Faculty Biography

Rachel Falmagne

Rachel Joffe Falmagne, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone: 508.793.7262
Email: rfalmagne@clarku.edu


Dr. Falmagne received a Licence in Psychological Sciences and a Doctorat (Ph.D.) in Psychological Sciences from the University of Brussels, Belgium. She is president of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology. She is also affiliated with Clark University's Program in Women's and Gender Studies.

Current Teaching and Research

Dr. Falmagne’s scholarship and teaching take a transdisciplinary approach to psychological questions and focus on people as social agents in a complex social world structured at all levels of organization by gender, ‘race’, class and the internal politics of culture. Her writings and research are guided by feminist social theory, critical race theory, and a critical approach to psychology, and investigate how people’s sense of self and their modes of thinking are inflected by the social discourses, social practices and power relations that configure the context in which they develop. One line of research uses qualitative interview methods to study the manner in which people appropriate, resist or transform various formative cultural discourses of knowledge and how people's modes of thinking about everyday situations and their personal epistemologies, or personal conceptions of knowledge, can be understood in the context of their social location and cultural history, with particular attention to gender, social class and race/ethnicity. Her writings also put forward a critical perspective on methodology that is guided by that systemic frame of reference and an approach to qualitative research that attends to the biographical particularity of individual persons as active agents while also inseparably attending to the complex societal context in which they function.

Selected Publications

Falmagne, R. Joffe (2013). Epistemology. In T. Teo (Ed), International Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. Springer.

Falmagne, R. Joffe, M-G Iselin, I. L. G. Todorova, and Arner, J.  (2013). Reasoning and personal epistemology: A critical reconstruction. Theory and Psychology, 23(5), 616-638.

Jackson, T., & Falmagne, R. Joffe (2013). Women wearing white: Discourses of menstruation and the menarche experience. Feminism and Psychology, 23(3), 379-398.

Falmagne, R. Joffe (2012). Leaving dualisms behind: Felt thinking and the social. Journal of Health Psychology, 17(7), 962-964.

Falmagne, R. Joffe (2013). Psychological inquiry and disciplinary psychology: Distinct problematics. In A. Marvakis, J. Cromby, and M. Motzgau (Eds), Doing Psychology under New Conditions. Concord, ON: Captus University Publications.

Falmagne, R, Joffe (2011). The affective roots of thought. In P. Stenner, J. Cromby, J. Motzgau, J. Yen and Y. Haosheng (Eds), Theoretical psychology: Global transformations and challenges, (pp. 128-138). Concord, ON: Captus University Publications.

Falmagne, R. Joffe (2009). Deconstruction and the problematics of social engagement. Frontiers, 30(1), 304-311.

Falmagne, R. Joffe (2009). Subverting theoretical dualisms: Mentalism and discourse. Theory and Psychology, 19(6), 1-21.

Falmagne, R. Joffe (2008). Tension work within the complex self. Culture and Psychology, 14(1), 95-113.

Arner, E., & Falmagne, R. Joffe (2007). Deconstructing dualisms: The both/and conceptual orientation and its variant linguistic form. Feminist & Psychology, 17(3), 357-371.

Falmagne, R. Joffe (2004). On the constitution of ‘self' and ‘mind': The dialectic of the system and the person. Theory and Psychology, 14(6), 822-845.

Falmagne, R. Joffe (2000). Positionality and thought: On the gendered foundations of thought, culture and development. In P. H. Miller & E. Scholnick, (Eds), Developmental psychology through the lenses of feminist theories, (pp. 191-213). New York: Routledge.