Dr. Jason Lanter
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My research interests
stem from Social Identity Theory and encompass three areas:
academic identity and motivation in college students
Why are students attending college? What motivates them to succeed
academically? How might intellectual curiosity, or an academic sense of
self, influence how a student approaches education? These are some of
the questions that drive this line of research for me.
behaviors of sport fans
How does a fan’s sense of identity with a team impact their
perceptions? their behaviors? Are there differing perceptions of how
fellow or rival fans act? I investigated many of these topics, as well as how the sport
fan identity impacts participation in celebratory violence and views of
the Penn State scandal.
construction of gender roles
How is the male role socially constructed? How does it differ from the
female social role? Which gender has more flexibility in their social
roles? I am intrigued about if/how the roles have changed and want to
address the pressures each gender faces in society.
I presented my work at many conferences including the Midwestern
Psychological Association, North American Society for the Sociology of
Sport, and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. My knowledge
about sports and intercollegiate athletics has allowed to become a
vocal critic and provide interviews for many media outlets,
including National Public Radio, the New York Times, and TIME magazine.
You can view my Curriculum Vita for more detailed information about my