Jim Sidanius, PhD

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Jim Sidanius, PhD

In Memory Of… Jim Sidanius

Honoring scientists who have made important and lasting contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior.

Jim Sidanius, PhD (1945-2021)
Professor of Psychology
Professor of African and African American Studies
Harvard University


Jim Sidanius was a Professor in the Departments of Psychology and African and African American Studies at Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Stockholm, Sweden, and taught at several universities in the United States and Europe, including Carnegie-Mellon University, the University of Texas at Austin, New York University, Princeton University, the University of Stockholm, and the University of California, Los Angeles. His primary research interests included the interface between political ideology and cognitive functioning, the political psychology of gender, group conflict, institutional discrimination, and the evolutionary psychology of intergroup prejudice.

He authored and published more than 120 scientific papers, and his most important theoretical contribution to date was the development of social dominance theory, a general model of the development and maintenance of group-based social hierarchy and social oppression. Professor Sidanius’ latest books were entitled: Social Dominance: An Intergroup Theory of Social Hierarchy and Oppression (1999, Cambridge University Press); Racialized Politics: Values, Ideology, and Prejudice in American Public Opinion (University of Chicago Press, 2000); Key Readings in Political Psychology (Psychology Press, 2004); and The Diversity Challenge: Social Identity and Intergroup Relations on the College Campus (Russell Sage Foundation, 2010). Professor Sidanius was also the recipient of the 2006 Harold Lasswell Award for “Distinguished Scientific Contribution in the Field of Political Psychology” awarded by the International Society of Political Psychology, and he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007.


Individuals Honoring Dr. Jim Sidanius

Arjun Bhardwaj, University of British Columbia, Kelowna
Eugene Borgida, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Marilynn Brewer, University of New South Wales
John Duckitt, University of Auckland
Bo Ekehammar, University of Stockholm, Sweden
*Christopher Federico, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Susan T. Fiske, Princeton University
Eva Green, University of Lausanne
Arnold Ho, Colgate University
Yuen Huo, University of California, Los Angeles
Leonie Huddy, SUNY Stony Brook 
John Jost, New York University
Bert Klandermans, VU University, Amsterdam
Jon Krosnick, Stanford University
Robert Kurzban, University of Pennsylvania
*Shana Levin, Claremont McKenna College
Brian Lowery, Stanford University
Brenda Major, University of California, Santa Barbara
Miriam Matthews, Oxford University
Wendy Mendes, University of California, San Francisco
Steven Neuberg, Arizona State University
John Petrocik, University of Missouri
*Scott Plous, Wesleyan University
*Felicia Pratto, University of Connecticut
Toni Schmader, University of British Columbia
Christian Staerkle, University of Lausanne
Colette van Laar, Leiden University  

*The FABBS Foundation would like to thank Dr. Christopher Federico, Dr. Shana Levin, Dr. Scott Plous, and Dr. Felicia Pratto for nominating Dr. Sidanius for this honor and for leading the effort to spread the word about his nomination.

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