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George Goethals

George Goethals

Social psychologist George R. (Al) Goethals joined the Jepson School faculty in 2006, and in 2008 he received the University of Richmond Distinguished Educator Award. Before joining the Jepson faculty as holder of the E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Professorship in Leadership Studies, he held academic and administrative appointments at Williams College, and visiting appointments at the University of Virginia, Princeton University, and Amherst College, among others. At Williams College he served as the chair of the Psychology Department for eight years, acting dean of the faculty, provost, and finally founder and chair of the program in leadership studies.

Dr. Goethal's research has focused on social comparison processes, psychological approaches to understanding the economics of higher education, presidential leadership, peer interaction and performance, and heroes. He has published numerous textbooks, chapters, and refereed articles in scholarly journals and received four research grants from the National Institute of Mental Health for his work on the studies of attribution theory and responses to social support and the role of similarity in social influence processes.

Dr. Goethals is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, and the Association for Psychological Science. He is also a member of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology and has served as an editor or on the editorial board of the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, The Leadership Quarterly, and Rhetoric & Public Affairs.

Primary Interests:

  • Causal Attribution
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Person Perception
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Political Psychology

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Journal Articles:

  • Fein, S., Goethals, G. R., & Kugler, M. B. (2007). Social influence on political judgments: The case of presidential debates. Political Psychology, 28, 165-192.
  • Goethals, G. R. (2008). Imagining Ulysses S. Grant: Sifting through the shifting sands of conventional wisdom. The Leadership Quarterly, 19, 488-500.
  • Kugler, M. B., & Goethals, G. R. (2008). Trait-focused spin in presidential debates: Surviving the kisses of death. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 30, 219-229.

Other Publications:

  • Goethals, G. R. (2007). A century of social psychology. In M. A. Hogg & J. Cooper (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of Social Psychology. Concise Student Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Goethals, G. R. (2005). Theories of presidential leadership. Annual Review of Psychology, Volume 56.

Courses Taught:

  • Civil War Leadership
  • Presidential Leadership
  • Theories and Models of Leadership

George Goethals
Jepson School of Leadership Studies
University of Richmond
Richmond, Virginia 23173
United States of America

  • Phone: (804) 287-6354

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