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).
- 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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- Gabaccia, D., & Leach, C. W. (Eds.). (2003). Immigrant life in the U.S.: Multi-disciplinary perspectives. New York: Routledge.
- Tiedens, L. Z., & Leach, C. W. (Eds.). (2004). The social life of emotions. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Brambilla, M. & Leach, C.W. (2014). On the importance of being moral: The distinctive role of morality in social judgment. Social Cognition, 32, 397-408.
- Ellemers, N., Pagliaro. S., Barreto, M., & Leach, C. W. (2008). Is it better to be moral than smart? The effects of morality and competence norms on the decision to work at group status improvement. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 1397-1410.
- Gausel, N., & Leach, C. W. (2011). Concern for self-image and social-image in the management of moral failure: Rethinking shame. European Journal of Social Psychology, 41, 468-478.
- Gausel, N., Leach, C. W., Vignoles, V. L., & Brown, R. J. (2012). Defend or repair? Explaining responses to in-group moral failure by disentangling feelings of shame, rejection, and inferiority. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102, 941-960.
- Iyer, A., & Leach, C. W. (2008). Emotion in inter-group relations. European Review of Social Psychology, 19, 86-125.
- Iyer, A., Leach, C. W., & Crosby, F. (2003). White guilt and racial compensation: The benefits and limits of self-focus. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 29, 117-129.
- Jans, L., Leach, C.W., Garcia, R.L., & Postmes, T. (2015). The development of group influence on in-group identification: A multi-level approach. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 18, 190-209.
- Leach, C.W. & Cidam, A. (2015). When is shame linked to constructive approach orientation? A meta-analysis. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 109, 983-1002.
- Leach, C. W., Ellemers, N., & Barreto, M. (2007). Group virtue: The importance of morality (vs. competence and sociability) in the positive evaluation of in-groups. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 93, 234-249.
- Leach, C. W., Iyer, A., & Pedersen, A. (2007). Angry opposition to government redress: When the structurally advantaged perceive themselves as relatively deprived. British Journal of Social Psychology, 46, 191-204.
- Leach, C. W., Iyer, A., & Pedersen, A. (2006). Anger and guilt about ingroup advantage explain the willingness for political action. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 32, 1232-1245.
- Leach, C. W., Rodriguez Mosquera, P. M., Vliek, M. L. W., & Hirt, E. (2010). Group devaluation and group identification. Journal of Social Issues, 66, 535-552.
- Leach, C. W., & Spears, R. (2008). “A vengefulness of the impotent”: The pain of in-group inferiority and schadenfreude toward successful out-groups. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 1383-1396.
- Leach, C. W., Spears, R., Branscombe, N., & Doosje, B. (2003). Malicious pleasure: Schadenfreude at the suffering of another group. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84, 932-943.
- Leach, C. W., van Zomeren, M., Zebel, S., Vliek, M., Pennekamp, S. F., Doosje, B. Ouwerkerk, J. P., & Spears, R. (2008). Group-level self-definition and self-investment: A hierarchical (multicomponent) model of in-group identification. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 144-165.
- van Zomeren, M., Leach, C. W., & Spears, R. (2012). Protesters as "passionate economists": A dynamic dual pathway model of coping with collective disadvantage. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 16, 180-199.
- van Zomeren, M., Leach, C. W., & Spears, R. (2010). Does group efficacy increase group identification? Resolving their paradoxical relationship. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46,1055-1060.
- van Zomeren, M., Spears, R., Fischer, A., & Leach, C. W. (2004). Put your money where your mouth is! Explaining collective action tendencies through group-based anger and group efficacy. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 87, 649-664.
- 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
- Phone: (860) 486-6260