Portrait of Michael Hogg
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  • Degrees
    PhD, Social Psychology, Bristol University
    BSc, Psychology, University of Birmingham
  • Research Interests
    Self and social identity, group processes and intergroup relations, influence and leadership, identity-uncertainty and extremism, language and social identity

Michael Hogg is professor of social psychology and chair of the Social Psychology program. 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, a center for basic social psychological research on group processes, intergroup relations, and the self-concept. He is also foundation editor-in-chief of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, an associate editor of The Leadership Quarterly, and a past associate editor of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

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, and an advisory board member for the Department of Psychology at Durham University. 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 about 360 articles, chapters, and books on these and other topics in social psychology. His published work has attracted approximately 76,000 citations (h-index 114, i10-index 238). In August 2010 the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin ranked Hogg the ninth-most influential social psychologist.

Hogg, M. A., Abrams, D., & Brewer, M. B. (2017). Social identity: The role of self in group processes and intergroup relations. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 20, 570-581.

Hohman, Z. P., Gaffney, A. M., & Hogg, M. A. (2017). Who am I if I am not like my group? Self-uncertainty and feeling peripheral in a group. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 72, 125-132.

Hogg, M. A. (2016). Group members differ in relative prototypicality: Effects on the individual and the group. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 39, e153, 28-29.

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, 338-342.

Hogg, M. A., & Adelman, J. (2013). Uncertainty-identity theory: Extreme groups, radical behavior, and authoritarian leadership. Journal of Social Issues, 69, 436-454.

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, 232-255.

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, 538-542.

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, 646-653.

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