Associate Professor

BA (Texas State); PhD (Tennessee)

Dr. Arfken's primary research interests are at the intersection of critical social theory and phenomenology. He is particularly interested in understanding how hermeneutic phenomenology and critical social theory challenge social psychological conceptualizations of social reality. In his research and teaching, he focuses on a wide range of topics including environmentalism, gender, economics, globalization, cultural diversity, qualitative research methods, social justice, and cognitive science.

Recent Publications

Socialism or psychology: Society at the crossroads

Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 2016

Cognitive psychology

Handbook of critical psychology, 2015

Social justice

Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology, 2014

Recognition vs. redistribution

Encyclopedia of critical psychology, 2014

Psychology and social justice

Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 2014

Research Classification

Research Interests

  • Environmentalism
  • Gender/Sexuality
  • Phenomenological psychology
  • Critical social theory
  • Political psychology
  • Cognitive science
  • Social justice
  • Cultural psychology
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Cognition
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