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Michele G. Alexander

Michele G. Alexander

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Note: Professor Michele Alexander was a popular and dynamic teacher who died at age 37 in an automobile accident in December of 2003. Social Psychology Network is maintaining this profile for visitors who wish to learn more about Professor Alexander's work.

In her honor, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) established the Michele Alexander Early Career Award for Scholarship and Service. For details on the award, please see:

The Michele Alexander Early Career Award

In addition, SPSSI dedicated the June 2009 issue of the Journal of Social Issues (on the topic of "Intragroup Conlfict and Cooperation") to Professor Alexander:

Michele (Grossman) Alexander is a native Texan who received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Texas A&M University (1996) and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Maine (1999-present). Her primary research focus is on intergroup relations, with specific emphasis on the association
between stereotyping and behavior.

Most recently, she has investigated the generic stereotypes that various ethnic groups have of each other and the factors and situations that activate these stereotypes. She is also examining how specific interaction styles activate stereotypes during interracial encounters and negotiations. Additionally, she has
explored how social roles and stereotypes for men and women contribute to sex differences in behavior, particularly emotional behavior, conflict management, and sexual behavior.

Primary Interests:

  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Gender Psychology
  • Group Processes
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Neuroscience, Psychophysiology
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Political Psychology
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Social Cognition


  • Alexander, M. G., & Heiman, G. (2002). Research methods in psychology: Instructor's resource manual. Boston, MA: Houghton-Mifflin.

Journal Articles:

  • Alexander, M. G., Brewer, M. B., & Herrmann, R. (1999). Images and affect: A functional analysis of outgroup stereotypes. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 77, 78-93.
  • 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, 31(6), 781-794.
  • Alexander, M. G., Chizhik, A. W., Chizhik, E. W., & Goodman, J. A. (2009). Lower-status participation and influence: Task structure matters. Journal of Social Issues, 65(2), 365-381.
  • Alexander, M. G., & Fisher, T. D. (2003). Truth and consequences: Using the bogus pipeline to examine sex differences in self-reported sexuality. Journal of Sex Research, 40, 27-35.
  • Alexander, M. G., & Levin, S. (1998). Theoretical, empirical, and practical approaches to intergroup conflict. Journal of Social Issues, 54, 629-639.
  • Alexander, M. G., Levin, S., & Henry, P. J. (2005). Image theory, social identity, and social dominance: Structural characteristics and individual motives underlying international images. Political Psychology, 26(1), 27-45.
  • Chizhik, A., Alexander, M. G., Chizhik, E. W., & Goodman, J. (2003). The rise and fall of power and prestige orders: Influence of task structure. Social Psychology Quarterly, 66, 303-317.
  • Dovidio, J. F., Maruyama, G., & Alexander, M. G. (1998). A social psychology of national and international group relations. Journal of Social Issues, 54, 831-846.
  • Grossman, M., & Wood, W. (1993). Sex differences in intensity of emotional experience: A social role interpretation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 65, 1010-1022.

Other Publications:

  • Alexander, M. G., & Levin, S. (Eds.). (1998). Understanding and resolving national and international group conflict. Journal of Social Issues, 54(4). (Issue Editors)
  • Alexander, M. G., & Wood, W. (2000). Women, men and positive emotions. In A. Fischer & A. Manstead (Eds.), Gender & Emotion. Cambridge University Press.
  • Brewer, M. B., & Alexander, M. G. (2002). Images and emotion. In D. Mackie & E. Smith (Eds.), From prejudice to intergroup emotions: Differentiated reactions to social groups. Psychology Press.
  • Worchel, S., Grossman, M., & Coutant, D. (1994). Minority influence in the group context: How group factors affect when the minority will be influential. In S. Moscovici, A. Mucchi-Faina, & A. Maass (Eds.), Minority influence. Chicago, IL: Nelson Hall Publishers.

Courses Taught:

  • Group Processes
  • Group Processes (graduate level)
  • Intergroup Relations (graduate level)
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Organizational Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Psychology (graduate level)
  • Stereotypes and Prejudice

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