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James Sidanius

James Sidanius


Professor James H. Sidanius June 29, 2021, at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the age of 75. Social Psychology Network is maintaining this profile for visitors who wish to learn more about Professor Sidanius's work.

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Jim Sidanius received his Ph. D. at the University of Stockholm, Sweden in 1977. Before joining the faculty at Harvard in 2006, he taught at several universities in the United States and Europe, including the University of Stockholm, Carnegie-Mellon University, the University of Texas at Austin, New York University, Princeton University, UCLA and Harvard University.

Professor Sidanius has primary research interests in the interface between political ideology and cognitive functioning, the connection between ethnic and national identities within the context of multiethnic states, the political psychology of gender, prejudice and institutional discrimination, and the evolutionary psychology of intergroup prejudice and conflict. Most of his recent work has concerned some of the implications of social dominance theory, a general model concerning the development and maintenance of group-based social hierarchy and social oppression.

Primary Interests:

  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Gender Psychology
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Political Psychology
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping

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Journal Articles:

  • Bratt, C. Sidanius, J. & Sheehy-Skeffington, J. (2016). Shaping the development of prejudice: Latent growth modeling of the influence of Social Dominance Orientation on outgroup affect in youth. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 1-8, DOI: 10.1177/0146167216666267.
  • Federico, C. M., & Sidanius, J. (2002). Racism, ideology, and affirmative action, revisited: The antecedents and consequences of "principled objections" to affirmative action. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 82, 488-502.
  • Federico, C. M., & Sidanius, J. (2002). Sophistication and the antecedents of Whites’ racial-policy attitudes: Racism, ideology, and affirmative action in America. Public Opinion Quarterly, 66, 145-176.
  • Haley, H., & Sidanius, J. (2006). The positive and negative framing of affirmative action: A group dominance perspective. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 32, 656-668.
  • Ho, A., Sidanius, J., Levin, D., & Banaji, M. (2011). Evidence for hypodescent and racial hierarchy in the perception of biracial individuals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 100, 492-506.
  • Kteily, N., Sidanius, J., & Levin, S. (2011). Social dominance orientation: Cause or "mere effect"? Evidence for SDO as a causal predictor of prejudice and discrimination against ethnic and racial outgroups. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 208-214.
  • Navarrete, C. D., McDonald, M. M., Molina, L. E., & Sidanius, J. (in press). Prejudice at the nexus of race and gender: An outgroup male target hypothesis. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
  • Navarrete, C. D., McDonald, M. M., Molina, L. E., & Sidanius, J. (2010). Prejudice at the nexus of race and gender: An outgroup male target hypothesis. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 98, 933-945.
  • Navarrete, C. D., Olsson, A., Ho, A. K., Mendes, W. B., Thomsen, L., Sidanius, J. (2009). Fear extinction to an outgroup face: The role of target gender. Psychological Science, 20, 155-158.
  • Sidanius, J., Henry, P. J., Pratto, F., & Levin, S. (2004). Arab attributions for the attack on America: The case of Lebanese sub-elites. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 35, 403-416.
  • Sidanius, J., Kteily, N., Levin, Shana, S., Pratto, F., & Obaidi, M. (2015). Support for asymmetric violence among Arab populations: the clash of cultures, social identity, or Counter-Dominance? Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. 1 -17. DOI: 10.1177/1368430215577224
  • Sidanius, J., Van Laar, C., Levin, S., & Sinclair, S. (2004). Ethnic enclaves and the dynamics of social identity on the college campus: The good, the bad, and the ugly. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 87, 96-110.
  • Thomsen, L., Green. E. G. T., & Sidanius, J. (2008). We will hunt them down: How social dominance orientation and right-wing authoritarianism fuel ethnic persecution of immigrants in fundamentally different ways. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 1455-1464.
  • Van Laar, C., Levin, S., Sinclair, S., & Sidanius, J. (2005). The effect of university roommate contact on ethnic attitudes and behavior. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 41, 329-345.

Other Publications:

  • McDonald, M. M., Navarrete, C. D., & Sidanius, J. (2011). Developing a theory of gendered prejudice: An evolutionary and social dominance perspective. In R. Kramer, G. Leonardelli, & R. Livingston (Eds.), Social cognition, social identity, and intergroup relations: A festschrift in honor of Marilynn Brewer (pp. 189-220). New York: Psychology Press.

Courses Taught:

  • Advanced Statistical Analysis for the Behavioral Sciences
  • Applied Multivariate Statistics in the Social Sciences
  • Attitudes and Persuasion
  • General Psychology
  • Introduction to Research Methodology
  • Introduction to Statistical Analysis
  • Political Leadership
  • Political Psychology
  • Research Design and Psychometric Theory
  • Social Influences
  • The Political Psychology of Oppression
  • The Psychology of Political Behavior

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