Steven Fein

Steven Fein

Chair and Professor of Psychology

[email protected] 413-597-2445
Psychology Offices and Labs Rm 104


A.B. Princeton University (1986)
Ph.D. University of Michigan, Social Psychology (1991)

Areas of Expertise

Processes of interpersonal perception and social cognition: suspicion; attribution; stereotypes and prejudice; self-affirmation theory; self-image maintenance processes in judgments and behaviors; social psychological influences on perceptions of political debates; effects of media images on attitudes and behaviors; cross-cultural differences; social psychology and sports.


Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

PSYC 101(F)

Introductory Psychology

PSYC 340 T

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Social Psychology

PSYC 341 / WGSS 339(S)

Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination

PSYC 344

Advanced Research in Social Psychology

Scholarship/Creative Work

Selected Publications
  • Ben-Zeev, T., Fein, S., & Inzlicht, M. (2005). Arousal and stereotype threat. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 41, 174-181
  • Brehm, S. S., Kassin, S. M., & Fein, S. (2005). Social psychology (6th edition). Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin.
  • Fein, S., & Kassin, S. M. (2005). Readings in social psychology: The art and science of research (3rd edition).  Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
  • Spencer, S. J., Fein, S., Strahan, E. J., & Zanna, M. P. (2005). The role of motivation in the unconscious: How our motives control the activation of our thoughts and shape our actions.  In J. P. Forgas, K. D. Williams, & W. von Hippel (Eds.), Social motivation: Conscious and unconscious processes (pp. 113-129). NY: Psychology Press.
  • Ben-Zeev, T, Carrasquillo, C. M, Ching, A. M. L., Kliengklom, T. J., McDonald, K. L., Newhall, D.C., Patton, G. E., Stewart, T. D., Stoddard, T., Inzlicht, M., & Fein, S.  (2005).  “Math is hard!” (Barbieä, 1994):  Responses of threat vs. challenge mediated arousal to stereotypes alleging intellectual inferiority.  In A. Gallagher and J. C. Kaufman (Eds.), Gender differences in mathematics.  Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press.
  • Fein, S., Hoshino-Browne, E., Davies, P. G., & Spencer, S. J. (2003). Self-image maintenance goals and sociocultural norms in motivated social perception. In S. J. Spencer, S. Fein, M. Zanna, & J. M. Olson (Eds.), Motivated social perception: The Ontario symposium (Vol. 9), pp. 21-44. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
  • Spencer, S. J., Fein, S., Zanna, M., & Olson, J. M. (Eds.) (2003). Motivated social perception: The Ontario symposium (Vol. 9). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
  • Fein, S., Lomore, C., & Spencer, S. J. (2001). Maintaining one's self-image vis-à-vis others: The role of  self-affirmation in the social evaluation of the self. Motivation and Emotion, 25, 41-68.
  • Spencer, S. J., Fein, S., Wolfe, C. T., Fong, C., & Dunn, M. A. (1998). Automatic activation of stereotypes: The role of self-image threat.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 24, 1139-1152.
  • Fein, S., McCloskey, A. L., & Tomlinson, T. M. (1997). Can the jury disregard that information? The use of suspicion to reduce the prejudicial effects of pretrial publicity and inadmissible testimony.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 23, 1215-1226.
  • Fein, S., Morgan, S. J., Norton, M. I., & Sommers, S. R. (1997).  Hype and suspicion: Effects of pretrial publicity, race, and suspicion on jurors' verdicts. Journal of Social Issues, 53, p. 487-502.
  • Fein, S., & Spencer, S. J. (1997). Prejudice as self-image maintenance:  Affirming the self through derogating others.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 73, 31-44.
  • Fein, S. (1996).  Effects of suspicion on attributional thinking and the correspondence bias. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 70, 1164-1184.