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Delia Saenz

Delia Saenz

Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability


Department of Psychology
Arizona State University
PO Box 871104
Tempe, AZ 85287-1104


  • Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts and Science
  • Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability


Professor Delia Saenz is Associate Professor of Psychology and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Arizona State University. Her doctorate, in social psychology, was awarded from Princeton University in 1987. She served previously as an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Notre Dame before moving to ASU. Dr. Saenz is also a Research Professor in the ASU Hispanic Research Center, and during her tenure at ASU, she has served administratively as Director of the Graduate Program in Social Psychology, interim Associate Dean of the Graduate College, and Director of the Intergroup Relations Center. Dr. Saenz is a Fellow of the Western Psychological Association, and has served as Representative at Large and Program Chair for WPA. She is also a member of the editorial board for Small Group Research.

Her research over the past 15 years has focused on tokenism, intergroup processes, acculturation, social identity and family dynamics, and has included both laboratory and field research. Her journal articles on tokenism are often cited for their innovation and contribution to the understanding of diversity in work groups. Dr. Saenz is currently the principal investigator of Diversification and the Academy-Post-Grutter, a project that focuses on experiences of women of color faculty in higher education. This research is supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation. Her previous work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Mental Health.

Beyond her contributions to scholarship and administration, Dr. Saenz has been recognized at both institutional and national levels for outstanding contributions to the teaching and mentoring of undergraduate students and graduate students of color.


  • PhD, Social Psychology, Princeton University, 1987