Clark McCauley

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Clark Richard McCauley (born 1943) is an American social psychologist who is the Rachel C. Hale Professor of Sciences and Mathematics and co-director of the Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at Bryn Mawr College.

McCauley received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Providence College in 1965, his Master of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1967, and his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970. He has been a faculty member at Bryn Mawr College since 1970: assistant professor (1970–1976), associate professor (1976–1986), and professor (1986–present).

He was a member of the Psychosocial Working Group and the American Psychological Association's Task Force on Reaction to Terrorism. He is a consultant/reviewer for the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.

McCauley's research interests include the psychology of group identification, group dynamics and intergroup conflict, and the psychological foundations of ethnic conflict and genocide. He is founding editor of the journal Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict: Pathways toward Terrorism and Genocide.


  • Why Not Kill Them All? The Logic and Prevention of Mass Political Murder. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Pre4ss, 2006 (co-author).
  • The Psychology of Ethnic and Cultural Conflict. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2004 (co-editor).
  • Personality and Person Perception across Cultures. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum, 1999 (co-editor).
  • Stereotype Accuracy: Toward an Appreciation of Group Differences. Washington, DC: APA Books, 1995 (editor).
  • Terrorism Research and Public Policy. London: Frank Cass, 1991.
  • Frontiers of Behavior. NY: Praeger, 1976 (co-editor).

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