Marilynn Brewer

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Marilynn B. Brewer (Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1968) is a prominent American social psychologist. She is now professor emeritus of psychology at Ohio State University and currently resides at the University of New South Wales. She was formerly Professor of Psychology and Director of the Institute for Social Science Research at UCLA.


Brewer is well known for her contributions to the field of social identity and has also conducted research in the areas of social cognition and intergroup relations.[1] While she is particularly recognized for her theory of optimal distinctiveness, she has been honored by a variety of organizations for wide-ranging and diverse contributions to the field of social psychology.

Honors and awards[edit]

  • APA Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award
  • 1995 Kurt Lewin Memorial Award
  • Donald T. Campbell Award for Distinguished Research in Social Psychology
  • Society of Experimental Social Psychology Distinguished Scientist Award
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences (member)[2]


  1. ^ Boca Raton News. "You don't have to hate other groups to love your own, researcher says". November 5, 2007, p. 5. Retrieved on July 22, 2013.
  2. ^ Upper Arlington News. "On the Move". June 2, 2004, p. 29A. Retrieved on July 22, 2013.

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