Deborah Prentice

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Deborah Prentice is a scholar of psychology and a university administrator. She serves as provost at Princeton University[1] and Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs.[2] Prentice began at Princeton in 1988, becoming assistant professor in 1989.[2] Prior to becoming provost on July 1, 2017, Prentice served as Dean of the Faculty from 2014 to 2017.[2] Her research focuses on the social norms.[3] Her pioneering work on pluralistic ignorance applied to college campus alcohol use is a foundation of numerous campus Alcohol education and bystander intervention programs.

Prentice is married with three children.[2]


  • "Pluralistic ignorance and alcohol use on campus: Some consequences of misperceiving the social norm" with D.T. Miller, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 64(2): 243–256. doi:10.1037/0022-3514.64.2.243
  • "What women and men should be, shouldn't be, are allowed to be, and don't have to be: The contents of prescriptive gender stereotypes" with E. Carranza, Psychology of Women Quarterly, 26 (2002), 269-281.
  • "Essentializing differences between women and men" with D.T. Miller, Psychological Science, 17 (2006), 129-135.
  • (2006). "On the distinction between acting like an individual and feeling like an individual" in T. Postmes & J. Jetten (eds.) Individuality and the group: Advances in social identity (37-55). (Sage Publications, 2006).
  • "Mobilizing and weakening peer influence as mechanisms for changing behavior: Implications for alcohol intervention programs" in M. J. Prinstein & K. A. Dodge (eds.) Understanding peer influence in children and adolescents (161-180). (Guilford, 2008).
  • "The psychology of social norms and the promotion of human rights" in R. Goodman, D. Jinks, & A. K. Woods (eds.), Understanding social action, promoting human rights (Oxford University Press, in press).


  1. ^ Benedict, Catherine (February 8, 2017). "Q & A with Deborah Prentice, Incoming U. Provost". The Princetonian. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  2. ^ a b c d "Deborah A. Prentice | Provost". Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  3. ^ "Department of Psychology". Princeton University. Retrieved 4 April 2017.