Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
B.A., Providence College
Areas of Focus:
Psychology of group identification; group dynamics and intergroup conflict; the psychological foundations of ethnic conflict and genocide
Clark McCauley (B.S. Biology, Providence College, 1965; Ph.D. Social Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, 1970) is a Professor of Psychology and co-director of the Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at Bryn Mawr College. His research interests include the psychology of group identification, group dynamics and intergroup conflict, and the psychological foundations of ethnic conflict and genocide. He is founding editor of the journal Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict: Pathways toward Terrorism and Genocide.
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
- Social Psychology 208
- Psychological Measurement and Testing 305
- Ethnic Conflict 358
- Cognitive Issues in Personality and Social Psychology 398
McCauley, Clark and Scheckter, Sarah. (2008) What's Special about U.S. Muslims? The War on Terrorism as Seen by Muslims in the United States, Morocco, Egypt, Pakistan, and Indonesia. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 31:11, 973 — 980 [PDF]
McCauley, Clark and Stellar, Jennifer. (2009). U.S. Muslims after 9/11: Poll Trends 2001-2007. Perspectives on Terrorism, 3:3, 35 - 47 [PDF]
McCauley, Clark and Moskalenko, Sophia. (2010). Individual and Group Mechanisms of Radicalization. Current Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives on Root Causes, the Role of Ideology, and Programs for Counter Radicalisation and Disengagement, 82 - 91 [PDF]
Leuprecht, C., Hataley, T., Moskalenko, S., and McCauley, C. (2009). Winning the Battle but Losing the War? Narrative and Counter-Narratives Strategy. Perspectives on Terrorism, 3:2, 25 - 35 [PDF]
McCauley, Clark. (2009). War versus criminal justice in response to terrorism: the losing logic of torture. In W. G.K. Stritzke, S. Lewandowsky, D. Denemark, J. Clare, & F.Morgan (Eds.) Terrorism and Torture: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (pp. 63-85) [PDF]
McCauley, Clark and Scheckter, Sarah (2010) Reactions to the war on terrorism: Origin-group differences in the 2007 Pew poll of U.S. Muslims. [DOC]