Colin Wayne Leach

Degree: Ph.D., 1995, University of Michigan
Webpages: Intergroup Relations Lab | Google Scholar
Research Interests:
  1. The emotional experience of the social comparisons involved in (individual and group) status, especially pride, guilt, anger, envy, and schadenfreude.
  2. Morality, self-representation, and self-evaluation.
  3. Group identity and inter-group relations.
Research Synopsis: Prof. Leach examines the emotional experience of the social comparisons involved in individual and group status, especially pride, guilt/shame, anger, envy and schadenfreude. He is also interested in morality, self-representation, and self-evaluation. In addition, he studies group identity and inter-group relations in the U.S. as well as throughout Western Europe and Australia.
Extramural Service:
  1. Co-Editor, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (2017-2020)
  2. Associate Editor, Journal of Personality & Social Psychology (2014- )
  3. Associate Editor, Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin (2013-14)
  4. Associate Editor, European Journal of Social Psychology (2009-12)
  5. Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Social Issues (2000-04)
Affiliations:
  1. Social Psychological Research into Racism and Multiculture, London School of Economics, London, England.
  2. Center for Research on Group Processes, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
  3. Center for Research in Self and Identity, University of Southampton, Southampton, England.
  4. European Association of Social Psychology
  5. International Society for Research on Emotion
  6. Society of Experimental Social Psychology
  7. Society for Personality & Social Psychology
Research Synopsis: Prof. Leach examines the emotional experience of the social comparisons involved in individual and group status, especially pride, guilt/shame, anger, envy and schadenfreude. He is also interested in morality, self-representation, and self-evaluation. In addition, he studies group identity and inter-group relations in the U.S. as well as throughout Western Europe and Australia.
Students in Research:
  • Prof. Leach is taking inquiries from current UConn undergraduate students who wish to participate in his research program
Recent Publications: Publications since 2010, indexed on Google Scholar
Representative Publications: Edited Volumes

  1. Leach, C.W., Blackwood, L., & Livingstone, A. (2013). Societal change. Journal of Social & Political Psychology. 1 (1) [special section].
  2. Gabaccia, D. & Leach, C. W. (2004) (Eds.) Immigrant Life in the U.S.: Multi-disciplinary Perspectives. New York: Routledge.
  3. Tiedens, L. Z. & Leach, C. W. (2004) (Eds.). The Social Life of Emotions. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Articles

  1. Harth, N., Leach, C.W., & Kessler, T. (2013). Guilt, anger, and pride about in-group environmental behaviour: Different emotions predict distinct intentions. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 34, 18-26.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Leach, C.W., Rodriguez Mosquera, P.M., Vliek, M.L.W., & Hirt, E. (2010). Group identification and group devaluation. Journal of Social Issues, 66535-552.
  5. 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.
  6. Leach, C.W., van Zomeren, M., Zebel, S., Vliek, M., Pennekamp, S.F., Doosje, B. Ouwerkerk, J.P., and Spears, R. (2008). Group-level self-definition and self-investment: A hierarchical (multi-component) model of in-group Identification. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 144-165.
  7. 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.
  8. Leach, C.W., Iyer, A. & Pedersen, A. (2006). Anger and guilt about in-group advantage explain the willingness for political action. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 32, 1232-1245.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.