Steven Fein

Steven Fein

Chair and Professor of Psychology

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.