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Eden-Reneé Hayes

Professor Eden-Reneé Hayes in the classroom.

Associate Professor of Psychology 

Academic Program Affiliation(s)

Social Studies, Psychology

Areas of Specialization

  • Social psychology


Research Interests: Intersectionality; cultural competence; stereotyping and prejudice; media

Teaching Interests: Same as research interests

Other Interests: Social justice; Star Wars; super heroes; historical fiction; science fiction; making Halloween costumes; playing with my kids; running; mentoring

Favorite/Regular Courses Offered

  • Introductory Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Multicultural Psychology
  • Stereotyping and Prejudice
  • Psychology of Women
  • Theories of Self
  • Positive Psychology
  • Gender, Race, and Class in the Media
  • Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • First Year Seminar


MS & PhD, Tulane University
BA, Departmental Honors, Wesleyan University

Dr. Hayes has previously taught psychology at Loyola University of New Orleans, Tulane University, and The Pennsylvania State University. In one of her research lines she investigates how the intersecting identities of race and gender may influence everyday experiences and perceptions of discrimination. She has presented papers on her research at a number of national conferences including The American Psychological Association, The Society of Personality and Social Psychology, and The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Students working with her have the opportunity to present at conferences as well. Dr. Hayes is also involved in the Berkshire community through sitting on boards of directors for nonprofit organizations and volunteering. With Multicultural BRIDGE, Dr. Hayes assists in conducting cultural competency trainings for various groups and organizations and statistically analyzes the impact of trainings. She has been teaching at Simon's Rock since 2009.


  • Adjunct Instructor at Bard High School Early College, Newark (since 2014)
  • Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Grant Awardee (2015)
  • Leslie Sanders Writing Contest Judge (since 2013)
  • Legislative Engagement Delegate (2015)