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Walter Stephan

Walter Stephan

Walter Stephan has research interests in intergroup relations, prejudice and stereotyping, and attribution processes. He is a Fellow of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, which awarded him and his co-authors the 1996 Klineberg award for Intercultural Relations and the 2002 Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize. He is a founding member and Fellow of the International Academy of Intercultural Research.

Primary Interests:

  • Aggression, Conflict, Peace
  • Causal Attribution
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping


Journal Articles:

  • Renfro, C. L., Duran, A., Stephan, W. G., & Clason, D. L. (2006). The role of threat in attitudes toward affirmative action and its beneficiaries. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 36(1), 41-74.
  • Stephan, W. G., & Finlay, K. (1999). The role of empathy in improving intergroup relations. Journal of Social Issues, 55(4), 729-744. Reprinted in S. Plous (Ed.). (2003). Understanding Prejudice and Discrimination. Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill.
  • Stephan, W. G., Renfro, C. L., Esses, V. M., Stephan, C. W. & Martin, T., (2005). The effects of feeling threatened on attitudes toward immigrants. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 29, 1-19.
  • Stephan, W. G., Ybarra, O., & Bachman, G. (1999). Prejudice toward immigrants. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 29, 2221-2237.
  • Ybarra, O. & Stephan, W. G. (1996). Misanthropic person memory. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 70, 691-700.

Other Publications:

  • Hertz-Lazarowitz, R., Zelniker, T., Stephan, C. W., & Stephan, W. G. (Eds.) (2004). Improving Arab-Jewish relations in Israel: Theory and practice in coexistence education programs. A special issue of the Journal of Social Issues,60(2).
  • Leung, K., & Stephan, W. G., (2001). Social justice from a cultural perspective (pp. 375-410). In D. Matsumoto. (Ed.), The Handbook of Culture and Psychology. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Stephan, C. W., & Stephan, W. G. (2004). Intergroup relations in multicultural education programs (pp. 782-798). In J. A. Banks and C. McGee-Banks (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Multicultural Education (2nd ed.). New York: Jossey-Bass.
  • Stephan, W. G. (2008). The road to reconciliation. In A. Nadler, T. E., Malloy, & J. D. Fisher (eds.): The Social Psychology of Intergroup Reconciliation. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Stephan, W. G., & Abalakina, M. P. (1996). Russia and the West: Intercultural relations. In D. Landis and R. Bhagat (Eds.), The Handbook of Intercultural Training (pp. 366-381). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Stephan, W. G., Ybarra, O., & Rios Morrison, K. (2008). Intergroup Threat Theory. In T. Nelson (Ed.), Handbook of Prejudice. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Courses Taught:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Intercultural Relations
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Interpersonal Relations and the Self
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Methods of Psychology
  • Research Methods in Social Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Theories of Personality

Walter Stephan
2097 Aliali Place
Honolulu, Hawaii 96821
United States

  • Phone: (808) 373-2391

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