Felicia Pratto

Felicia Pratto
Felicia Pratto
M.A., 1987, New York University

Ph.D., 1988, New York University

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Research Interests:
  1. Intergroup Relations
  2. Dynamics of Power
  3. Social Cognition
Students in Research:
  • Dr. Pratto is taking inquiries from current UConn undergraduate students who wish to participate in her research program.
Research Synopsis: Prof. Pratto’s research addresses the processes and consequences of inequality. Thus, her work is known in social psychology, political psychology, and related disciplines. Her research has addressed a variety of real-world issues, including race- and sex- discrimination in hiring, prejudice against lesbians, gay men, and immigrants, violations of International Humanitarian Law in war-time, terrorism and counter-terrorism, and the Arab uprisings. She uses a wide variety of research methods, from interactive games, to lab and field experiments, to international surveys and comparative studies (which compare different societies systematically). She is co-author of the book Social Dominance, and more recently, of Power Basis Theory


Mentoring PhD students brings Dr. Pratto great joy and pride. Among her illustrious former students are Dr.s Lisa A. Stallworth, Peter J. Hegarty, Christie L. Cathey, Anthony F. Lemieux, Angela L. Walker, Demis E. Glasford, I-Ching Lee, Judy Y. Tan, Eileen V. Pitpitan, Andrew L. Stewart, and Fouad Bou Zeineddine.

Recent News:
  • Co-authors paper that is co-Winner of the Gordon Allport Prize, 2011, 2014.
  • Co-authors paper that wins Otto Klineberg Intercultural and Intergroup Relations Award, SPSSI, 2015.
  • Co-authors paper that is winner of the Morton Deutsch award, 2008.
  • Becomes Treasurer of the International Society for Political Psychology, 2013. ISPP
Recent Publications: Publications since 2010, indexed on Google Scholar

Prati, F., Crisp, R. J. Pratto, F. & Rubini, M. (2016). Encouraging majority support for immigrant access to health services: Multiple categorization and social identity complexity as antecedents of health equality. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 1-13.DOI: 10.1177/1368430216629814

Levin, S., Kteily, N., Pratto, F., Sidanius, J., & Matthews, M. (2016). Muslims’ emotions toward Americans predict support for Hezbollah and Al Qaeda for threat-specific reasons. Motivation and Emotion, 40, 162-177. DOI 10.1007/s11031-015-9510-1

Stewart, A. L., Pratto, F., Bou Zeineddine, F., Sweetman, J., Eicher, V., Licata, L., … & Cichocka, A. (2016). International support for the Arab uprisings: Understanding sympathy protests using theories of Social Identity and Social Dominance. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 19, 6-26. DOI: 10.1177/1368430214558310

Liu, J. L. & Pratto, F. (in press). Colonization, Decolonization, and Power: Ruptures and Critical Junctures out of Dominance. In Phillip L. Hammack, Editor, Oxford Handbook of Social Psychology and Justice. New York: Oxford.

Pratto, F. (Dec. 22, 2015 on line). On power and empowerment. British Journal of Social Psychology. DOI: 0.1111/bjso.12135

Ho, A. K., Sidanius, J. Kteily, N., Sheehy-Skeffington, J. Pratto, F. Henkel, K. E., Foels, R., Stewart, A. L. (2015). The Nature of Social Dominance Orientation: Theorizing and Measuring Preferences for Intergroup Inequality Using the New SDO7 Scale. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 109, 1003-1038.

Sidanius, J., Kteily, N., Levin, 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. Paper is here

Prati, F., Moscatelli, S., Rubini, M., & Pratto, F. (2015). Predicting Support for Arabs’ Autonomy from Social Dominance: The Role of Identity Complexity and Dehumanization. Political Psychology. DOI: 10.1111/pops.12274

LaCroix, J. & Pratto, F. (2015). Instrumentality and the denial of personhood: The social psychology of objectifying others. International Review of Social Psychology, 28, 183-212.Paper is here

Levin, S., Kteily, N., Pratto, F., Sidanius, J. & Matthews, M. (in press, August, 2015). Intergroup Emotions toward Americans Predict Muslim Support for Islamic Organizations for Threat-Specific Reasons, Motivation and Emotion.Paper is here

Levin, S., Roccas, S., Sidanius, J. & Pratto, F. (2015). Personal values and intergroup outcomes of concern for group honor. Personality and Individual Differences, 86, 374-384. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2015.06.047

Glasford, D. E. & Pratto, F. (2014). When extraordinary injustice leads to ordinary response: How perpetrator power and size of an injustice event affect bystander efficacy and collective action. European Journal of Social Psychology. Online DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.2051.

Tan, J. Y., Earnshaw, V. A., Pratto, F., Rosenthal, L. & Kalichman, S. (2014). Social-structural indices correspond to between-nations differences in HIV prevalence. International Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDS.  doi:10.1177/0956462414529264


Representative Publications: Lee, I., Pratto, F., & Johnson, B. T. (2011). Support of social hierarchy: Individualistic cultures, liberal political environments, and decreased power increase intergroup dissension. Psychological Bulletin137, 1029-1064.


Pratto, F., Sidanius, J., Bou Zeineddine, F., Kteily, N., & Levin, S. (2013). When domestic politics and international relations intermesh: Subordinated publics’ factional support within layered power structures. Foreign Policy Analysis, 1-22. doi: 10.1111/fpa.12023


Pratto, F., Stewart, A. L., & Bou Zeineddine, F. (2013). When inequality fails: Power, group dominance, and societal change. Journal of Social and Political Psychology. doi: 10.1177/0956797613497021 Link


Pratto, F., Saguy, T., Stewart, A.L., Morselli, D., Foels, R., Aranda, M., Aiello, A., Chryssochoou, X., Cichocka, A., Çidam, A., Cohrs, C., Durrheim, K., Eicher, V., Górska, P., Lee, I., Licata, L., Li, L., Liu, J., Meyer, I., Muldoon, O., Muluk, H., Petrovic, N., Prati, F., Papastamou, S., Petrovic, I., Prodromitis, G., Rubini, M., van Stekelenburg, J., Sweetman, J., Zheng, W., Henkel, K.E. (2014). Attitudes towards Arab ascendancy: Israeli and global perspectives. Psychological Science, 25, 85-94.


Pratto, F. & Pitpitan, E. V. (2008). Ethnocentrism and sexism: How stereotypes legitimize six types of power relations. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2/6, 2159-2176.


Pratto, F., Pearson, A. R., Lee, I., & Saguy, T. (2008). Power dynamics in an experimental game. Social Justice Research21,377-407.


Pratto, F., & Glasford, D. E. (2008). Prospect theory, ethnocentrism, and the value of a human life. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology95, 1141-1428.


Pratto, F., Korchmaros, J., & Hegarty, P. (2007). When race and gender go without saying. Social Cognition, 25, 241-247.


Pratto, F., Sidanius, J., & Levin, S. (2006). Social dominance theory and the dynamics of intergroup relations: Taking stock and looking forwardIn W. Stroebe & M. Hewstone (Eds)., European Review of Social Psychology, 17, 271-320.