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  Campbell Leaper

Campbell Leaper

Distinguished Professor


831-459-3519 (Fax)


Social Sciences Division

Psychology Department

Distinguished Professor


Education Department
Feminist Studies Department
John R. Lewis College
College Nine

Regular Faculty

Sexism and Gender Bias
Personal and Social Identities
Discrimination and Inequality
Schools and Academic Achievement
Peer Groups and Friendships
Mass Media
Gender Studies

Social Sciences 2
Room 355

Wednesday 10:30-11:15

Psychology Faculty Services

Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School, Boston

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

B.A., Boston University

Developmental and social-psychological perspectives on gender and sexism in childhood and adulthood. Related areas of expertise include:

  • hostile and benevolent sexist attitudes
  • sexual harassment and gender bias
  • gender identity 
  • gender-related variations in academic motivation in STEM and other subjects
  • language and communication in relationships
  • representations of gender in mass media
  • social identity 
  • gender segregation
  • family and peers as contexts for gender socialization
  • intersection of gender and racial-ethnic identities

The origins and consequences of gender inequities across the lifespan, including: 

  • * sexist attitudes and experiences with sexism from childhood into adulthood
  • * self-concepts, social identities, and stereotyping during gender development
  • * intersections of gender and racial-ethnic identities
  • * gender, language, and social interaction
  • * impact of gender stereotyping and sexual harassment in schools on academic motivation (including STEM fields)
  • * meta-analysis and integrative reviews

Please see Professor Leaper's personal web page for more information.

   * Martin M. Chemers Award for Outstanding Research (2021)

   * Distinguished Professor (2020-on)

   * Fellow, Society for Personality and Social Psychology (2019-on)

   * Golden Apple Teaching Award (2010)

   * Fellow, Association for Psychological Science (2007-on)

  •    Leaper, C., & Gutierrez, B. C. (2024). Sexism and gender-based discriminationEncyclopedia of Adolescence (2nd ed.). Elsevier. 
  •    Leaper, C. (2022). Origins and consequences of childhood gender segregation: Towards an integrative developmental systems model. In D. P. VanderLaan & W. I. Wong (Eds.), Gender and sexuality development. Springer.
  •    Shirefley, T. A., & Leaper, C. (2022). Mothers' and fathers' science-related talk with daughters and sons while reading life and physical science books. Frontiers in Psychology.
  •   Starr, C. R., & Leaper, C. (2022). Gender, race, perceived representation, and stereotyped attitudes in relation to undergraduates' pSTEM identity and motivation. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations.
  •   Gutierrez, B. C., & Leaper, C. (2021). Reconstructing culture: A latent profile analysis of Mexican-heritage young women's cultural practices, gender values, and ethnic identity. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology

Gutierrez, Brenda (brcgutie)
Shirefley, Tess (thaifley)
Starr, Christine (cestarr)
Walsh, Abigail (abwalsh)

Psych 1: Introduction to Psychology
Psych 100: Research Methods in Psychology
Psych 106: Social and Emotional Development
Psych 107: Gender and Development
Psych 140Q: Social Psychology of Sex and Gender
Psych 225: Research Methods in Developmental Psychology
Psych 244B: Proseminar 2: Social and Personality Development
Psych 254: Psychology of Gender

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