Dr. Marilynn Brewer

Dr. Marilynn Brewer

Dr. Marilynn Brewer

Emeritus Professor, Social


Profesor Brewer is now living in Sydney, Australia. Marilynn Brewer received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1968. Dr. Brewer's major interests include (1) social cognition, the perception and cognitive representation of individual persons and person "types;" (2) intergroup relations, especially the study of ingroup biases and the effects of contact between groups on intergroup acceptance; and (3) social identities and the self-concept. She has served as President of the American Psychological Society and has been President of the Western Psychological Association, the Midwestern Psychological Association, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. She has also served as Editor of Personality and Social Psychology Review     and Associate Editor of Psychological Review and is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In the News

Think about how you would answer the question, "Who am I?" For many of us, the groups to which we belong come to mind. Over a distinguished career in social psychology, Dr Marilynn Brewer has studied how our identities are shaped by our group membership. 

Selected Publications

Brewer, M. B., (1991). The social self: On being the same and different at the same time. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 17, 475-482.

Brewer, M. B., & Gardner, W. (1996). Who is this "we"? Levels of collective identity and self representations. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 71, 83-93.

Brewer, M. B. (1999). The psychology of prejudice: Ingroup love or outgroup hate? Journal of Social Issues, 55 (3), 429-444.

Alexander, M.G., Brewer, M.B., & Herrmann, R.K. (1999). Images and affect: A functional analysis of out-group stereotypes. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 77, 78-93.

Pickett, C.L., & Brewer, M.B. (2001). Assimilation and differentiation needs as motivational determinants of perceived ingroup and outgroup homogeneity. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 37, 341-348.

Leonardelli, G., & Brewer, M.B. (2001). Minority and majority discrimination: When and why. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 37, 468-485.

Livingston, R. W. & Brewer, M.B. (2002). What are we really priming? Cue-based versus category-based processing of facial stimuli. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 82, 5-18.

Roccas, S., & Brewer, M.B. (2002). Social identity complexity. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 6, 88-106.

Yuki, M., Maddux, W., Brewer, M.B., & Takemura, K. (2005). Cross-cultural differences in relationship- and group-based trust. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31, 48-62.

Brewer, M.B., & Pierce, K.P. (2005). Social identity complexity and outgroup tolerance. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31, 428-437.

Alexander, M.G., Brewer, M.B., & Livingston, R.W. (2005). Putting stereotype content in context: Image theory and interethnic stereotypes. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin