Clark R. McCauley Jr. Clark R. McCauley Jr.

Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Clark Richard McCauley
Department of Psychology
Dalton Hall
Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Phone: 610-526-5017
Fax: 610-526-7476

Please send any questions or comments to Clark McCauley.


Experimental Psychology 102
Social Psychology 208
Psychological Measurement and Testing 305
Cognitive Issues in Personality and Social Psychology 398


Clark McCauley is Professor of Psychology and co-director of the Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at Bryn Mawr College, and co-director of the National Consortium for Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (NC-START).   He received his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970.  His research interests include stereotypes and the psychology of group identification, group dynamics and intergroup conflict, and the psychological foundations of ethnic conflict and genocide.  With colleagues he edited The Psychology of Ethnic and Cultural Conflict (2004), and with Dan Chirot he is author of Why Not Kill Them All? The Logic and Prevention of Mass Political Murder (Princeton University Press, 2006).  He is a consultant and reviewer for the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation for research on dominance, aggression and violence, and founding editor of the new journal Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict published by  Taylor and Francis ( ).


Other Research Interests

  • What does it mean to essentialize a group, our own or others, and how does essentializing enable killing by category? 
  • What is the role of emotions (disgust, humiliation, anger) in intergroup conflict, and what is the relation between interpersonal emotions and intergroup emotions?
  • How can polling be used to track variation over time in support for terrorism?
  • What is the process of radicalization that leads individuals from support for terrorism to acts of terrorism?
  • Psychology of Terrorism