Colin Wayne Leach

Professor of Psychology & Africana Studies, Barnard College, Columbia University
Faculty Fellow, Institute for Research in African-American Studies, Columbia University
Graduate Faculty, Psychology, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Columbia University

Professor Leach is a social and personality psychologist who studies status and morality in identity, emotion, and motivation. He is an elected fellow of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology and the Society of Personality and Social Psychology. Colin is a 2017 recipient of the Kurt Lewin medal for scientific contribution from the European Association of Social Psychology and has held (U.C. Berkeley) Chancellors, Ford Foundation, and Wallenberg Foundation research fellowships. He has lectured in over a dozen countries and has been a visiting professor on four continents. In addition to authoring nearly 100 journal articles and book chapters, Colin has co-edited the volumes Psychology as Politics (Political Psychology, 2001), Immigrant Life in the U.S. (Routledge, 2003), The Social Life of Emotions (Cambridge, 2004), and Societal Change (Journal of Social & Political Psychology, 2013). He is currently co-editor of the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

  • Africana Studies senior seminar
  • Social Psychology: lecture, lab

Reinka, M.A.& Leach, C.W.(2018). Racialized images: Tracing appraisals of police force and protest. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 115, 763-787.

Leach, C.W.& Allen, A.E.(2017). Social psychological models of protest and the Black Lives Matter meme and movement. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 26, 543-547.

Leach, C.W.(2016). The meta-theory of examining emotion in social relationships. Psychological Inquiry, 27, 113-116.

Leach, C.W.& Cidam, A. (2015). When is shame linked to constructive approach orientation? A meta-analysis. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 109, 983-1002.

Leach, C.W., Spears, R., & Manstead, A.S.R. (2015). Parsing (malicious) pleasures: gloating and schadenfreude about others’ adversity.Frontiers in Psychology, 6(201) 1-13.

Brambilla, M. & Leach, C.W.(2014). On the importance of being moral: The distinctive role of morality in social judgment.Social Cognition, 32, 397-408.

Leach, C.W., Bou Zeineddine, F.,& Cehajic-Clancy, S.(2013). Moral immemorial: The rarity of self-criticism for previous generations’ genocide and mass violence.Journal of Social Issues, 69, 34-53.


Tiedens, L. Z., & Leach, C. W.(2004) (Eds.), The Social Life of Emotions. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Gabaccia, D.R., & Leach, C. W.(2003) (Eds.), Immigrant Life in the U.S.: Multi-disciplinary Perspectives. New York: Routledge.

Office Hours: 

Spring 2019: Tues 10-11:30, or by appointment.

207 LeFrak Center (Barnard Hall)

Ph.D. Social Psychology, University of Michigan 1995
M.A. Psychology, Boston University 1991
B.A. Psychology, Boston University 1989