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Colin Wayne Leach

Colin Wayne Leach

Status and morality in self-evaluation, emotion, & motivation; Multivariate research methods & statistics; social and psychological meta-theory; interdisciplinary approaches.

Colin Wayne Leach (B.A. 1989, M.A. 1991, Boston University; Ph.D. 1995, University of Michigan) is Professor of psychological sciences, and affiliate of the Africana Studies Institute, at the University of Connecticut. His previous faculty appointments include the University of California-Santa Cruz and the University of Sussex in Brighton, England.
Colin is a fellow of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology and Society of Personality and Social Psychology and has been a visiting scholar in Australia, Italy, Germany, Holland, Mexico, Norway, and Turkey. He is a 2017 recipient of the Kurt Lewin medal from the European Association of Social Psychology, and his research has been supported by the (US) Ford Foundation, the (UK) Economic and Social Research Council, the European Science Foundation, and the (Dutch) Organization for Scientific Research. Colin is currently co-editor of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and former Associate Editor of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and the European Journal of Social Psychology.
Most of his research examines status and morality concerns in identity, emotion, and motivation. In addition to authoring nearly 100 journal articles and book chapters, he has co-edited the volumes Psychology as Politics (Political Psychology, 2001), Immigrant Life in the U.S. (Routledge, 2003), The Social Life of Emotions (Cambridge, 2004), and Societal Change (Journal of Social & Political Psychology, 2013).

Primary Interests:

  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Ethics and Morality
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Political Psychology
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Research Methods, Assessment
  • Self and Identity

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Courses Taught:

  • Emotion in Social Relations
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Psychology of the Oppressed
  • The Experimental Method

Colin Wayne Leach
Department of Psychology
University of Connecticut
406 Babbidge Road, U-1020
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-1020
United States

  • Phone: (860) 486-6260

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