Morehouse College

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Division Faculty


  • Professor, Psychology
  • Principal Investigator, Identity, Art, and Democracy Lab
Dr. David Wall Rice is Professor of Psychology at Morehouse College and Principal Investigator of the Identity, Art and Democracy Lab, a research space that looks at expressions of identity balance through engagement, the exploration of varied contexts and personal narratives. It is a strengths-based lab that works to understand and to elicit behavioral bests.

Dr. David Wall Rice is Professor of Psychology at Morehouse College, with a program of study that places emphasis on identity and personality. The primary vehicle for this work is the Identity, Art and Democracy Lab, a research space where Rice et al. examine identity through life stories and an asset-based lens.

The Lab explores the best parts of how people adapt to a variety of contexts, with special attention to popular culture because of its capacity to influence perception and behavior.

An extension of this lab work is found in Rice’s role as one of five Principal Investigators for the National Science Foundation-funded Center for the Development of Identity and Motivation of African American Students in STEM [award #2010779]; and in social impact work that includes programming with collaborators ranging from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Polo by Ralph Lauren to The Players Coalition.

Rice is the former Danforth Endowed Chair of Psychology at Morehouse College, was founding director of the Institute for Social Justice Inquiry and Praxis and founding Co-Director of the School’s Cinema, Television and Emerging Media Studies (CTEMS) Program.

Rice presently serves Morehouse as curator for Crown Forum, a contemporary spin on the College’s weekly Chapel experience, and is coordinator for Justice-Mester, the school’s social impact-based winter term.

Rice graduated from Morehouse with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and earned a master’s degree and doctorate in personality psychology from Howard University.

With a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, Rice frequently applies his research to cultural criticism. He has served on the Editorial Advisory Boards for both The Journal of Negro Education and The Journal of Popular Culture; he has provided commentary for C-SPAN, NPR, PRI, CBS News, CNN, MSNBC; and his writing and opinion have appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times Magazine, Vibe magazine, and Ebony among other media outlets. His writing is also represented in the Cornell Hip Hop Collection as part of the Adler Hip Hop Archive.

An emphasis on “the positive” is an approach that informs Rice’s work in identity development that finds root in youth culture, music culture, media, politics, psychology, education and faith.

Rice’s edited volume, Identity Orchestration: Black Lives, Balance and the Psychology of Self Stories (2022) — a follow-up to Balance: Advancing Identity Theory by Engaging the Black Male Adolescent (2008) — is an effective representation of Rice, the Identity, Art and Democracy research Lab and the work they engage.



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Personality psychology professor Dr. David Wall Rice delivers an impactful talk that provides variables to help you identify your freedoms by finding your “buddy!” This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Illuminated Ep.5: Black Creatives v. Respectability Politics, Cultural Appropriation & Exploitation

Morehouse professors Dr. Karcheik Sims-Alvarado, Dr. Clarissa Myrick-Harris, and Dr. David Wall Rice discuss US history’s omissions, how to recount the truth of America’s past more accurately using mediums such photography, fashion, architecture, film, and more as well as how Black Americans used these mediums to assert their individuality, dignity, and humanity in a world determined to belittle and eradicate them.


CBS Mornings

CBS News correspondent and anchor Vladimir Duthiers sits down with the HBCU grads behind a new collection for Ralph Lauren. He also talked with Morehouse College professor David Wall Rice about the conversations the new collaboration has sparked.

Social Justice Inquiry and Praxis

Our Institute for Social Justice Inquiry and Praxis is led by Dr. David Wall Rice. This institute serves as a social justice hub of AYCGL that utilizes “freedom” theories – in real time – in ways that teach, develop and implement solutions to social justice inequalities, particularly as they relate to peoples of Africa and its Diaspora. The Institute equips student scholars, academics, community advocates and activists in ways that make lived experiences and living spaces better for those who are too often marginalized.

HSI Speaker Series: Identity Development with David Rice

Celebrating and Deepening John Jay’s Status as an HSI: David Rice, Associate Provost for Integrative Learning and Academic Accountability; Associate Professor and Chair, Psychology, Morehouse University.

Annual Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture and Conversation

The 2021 Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection virtual program features Rev. Dr. William J. Barber and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Co-Chairs of the Poor Peoples Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival along with Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III, Senior Pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL. This year’s topic is taken from Dr. King’s 1967 prophetic book, Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? The panel explores the relevance of King’s ideas and actions in the wake of one of the most tumultuous years in recent American history. Joining them are Dr. Vicki Crawford, Director of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection and moderator, Dr David Wall Rice, Professor of Psychology and Principal Investigator, the Identity Art and Democracy Lab Morehouse College.

Beyond Film: Judas and the Black Messiah 

Post-discussion of Judas and the Black Messiah premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2021 and features Joe Carlos, David Wall Rice, Kors Vandiver and Avery O Williams.

Randolph College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration featuring David Wall Rice, a professor of psychology at Morehouse College, leads the Identity, Art, and Democracy Lab.

Sports Business Journal
Inclusive Leadership Series: Progress Report

As part of Sports Business Journal’s Inclusive leadership series, sports industry and academic leaders discuss pressing topics around diversity and inclusion in the sports industry. In this installment, Dr. Edwin Moses (2-time Olympic gold medalist), Nzinga Shaw (Atlanta Hawks/State Farm Arena), Adrian Williams (Atlanta Braves) and Dr. David Wall Rice (Morehouse College) discuss how diversity and inclusion efforts have made headway across the sports landscape.

Crown Forum: Past, Present and Potential

Crown Forum

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson is led in discussion by Morehouse College’s Dr. David Wall Rice.

Crown Forum

Juana Mendenhall & Ulrica Wilson are led in discussion by Dr. David Wall Rice.

Crown Forum

Marc Lamont Hill is led in discussion by Dr. David Wall Rice.