Portrait of Michael Hogg
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  • Degrees
    PhD, Social Psychology, Bristol University
  • Research Interests
    Social psychology, Identity and leadership processes, Group formation,
    Solidarity and cohesion, Group structure, Societal extremism

Michael Hogg is professor of social psychology and chair of the Social Psychology program in the Department of Psychology at Claremont Graduate University. He is a social psychologist whose research focuses on self and identity, group processes and intergroup relations, and influence and leadership and is closely associated with social identity theory. He has conducted research on influence and leadership; group formation, solidarity and cohesion; group structure and processes of marginalization and deviance; attitudes, norms and behavior; communication, language and identity; and group and identity motivations. Hogg directs the Social Identity Lab at CGU, a center for basic social psychological research on group processes, intergroup relations, and the self-concept.

Hogg studied Psychology at Birmingham University and obtained his PhD from Bristol University. He taught at Bristol University, Macquarie University, and the University of Melbourne, as well as at the University of Queensland, where he founded the Center for Research on Group Processes, served as associate dean of research for the faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and was an Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow. He also taught at Princeton University and has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of California, Santa Cruz; City University, Hong Kong; and the University of California, Santa Barbara. He joined the faculty of Claremont Graduate University in 2006.

Hogg is also an honorary professor of social psychology at the University of Kent. He is a former president of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology and is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, the Western Psychological Association, and the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. He is the 2010 recipient of the Carol and Ed Diener Award in Social Psychology, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s mid-career award for “outstanding contributions to the fields of personality and social psychology.”

His current research programs focus on identity and leadership processes in public and small group contexts and on the role of social identity in translating uncertainty into orthodoxy and societal extremism. Hogg has published more than 330 articles, chapters, and books on these and other topics in social psychology. His published work has attracted 45,125 citations. In August 2010 the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin ranked Hogg the ninth-most influential social psychologist.

Hogg, M.A. (in press). Group members differ in relative prototypicality: Effects on the individual and the group. Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Hogg, M. A. (2015). Constructive leadership across groups: How leaders can combat prejudice and conflict between subgroups. Advances in Group Processes, 32, 177–207.

Hohman, Z. P., & Hogg, M. A. (2015). Fearing the uncertain: Self-uncertainty plays a role in mortality salience. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 57, 31–42.

Hogg, M. A. (2014). From uncertainty to extremism: Social categorization and identity processes. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 23, 338–42.

Hogg, M. A., & Adelman, J. (2013). Uncertainty-identity theory: Extreme groups, radical behavior, and authoritarian leadership. Journal of Social Issues, 69, 436–54.

Hogg, M. A., Kruglanski, A., & Van den Bos, K. (Eds.) (2013). Uncertainty and extremism. Issue 69, number 3, of the Journal of Social Issues. Boston: Wiley-Blackwell.

Hogg, M. A., van Knippenberg, D., & Rast, D. E. III. (2012). Intergroup leadership in organizations: Leading across group and intergroup boundaries. Academy of Management Review, 37, 232–55.

Hogg, M. A., van Knippenberg, D., & Rast, D. E. III. (2012). The social identity theory of leadership: Theoretical origins, research findings, and conceptual developments. European Review of Social Psychology, 23, 258–304.

Grant, F., & Hogg, M. A. (2012). Self-uncertainty, social identity prominence and group identification. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 538–42.

Rast, D. E. III, Gaffney, A. M., Hogg, M. A., & Crisp, R. J. (2012). Leadership under uncertainty: When leaders who are non-prototypical group members can gain support. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 646–53.

Group Processes & Intergroup Relations
Self & Identity
Extremism in Society
Social Identity Research Practicum
Social Psychology: Directed Research