Sam G. McFarland
Professor Emeritus
Department of Psychology

Western Kentucky University 
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Phone: 1-270-745-4408
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 1971

Social Psychology and Human Rights

Career Summary:

I joined the WKU faculty in the fall of 1971, fresh out of graduate school. I officially retired in 2003, but continued teaching part-time through 2013. My main teaching was in social psychology and personality, and occasionally the psychology of religion. While serving as Director of our University Honors Program (1992-1999), I began an honors seminar entitled Understanding Human Rights, which I taught through 2013.

In recent years, my research and writing have focused on human rights. Earlier, my research focused on prejudice, authoritarianism, and the psychology of religion.

During my career, I was privileged to serve as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in the former Soviet Union (1989) and as President of the International Society of Political Psychology (2009-2010). In 1999, I was honored to be named a WKU Distinguished University Professor.


Recent Publications:

McFarland, S.G. (in press). Culture, Individual Differences, and Support for Human Rights: A General Review. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology.

McFarland, S.G. (in press). Ending Genocide and Creating Human Rights: Exploring the Visionary Leadership of Raphael Lemkin and Eleanor Roosevelt. International Journal for Leadership and Change.

McFarland, S. G. (in press). Consequences of Authoritarianism for Political and Social Attitudes. In F. Funke, T. Petzel, C. Cohrs, & J. Duckitt (Eds.). Perspectives on Authoritarianism. Weisbaden, Germany: VS-Verlag.

McFarland, S. G. (in press). The Morality and Psychology of "Identification with All Humanity". In Araki, Y. & Karasawa, M. (Eds.). Intergroup Behavior and Political Psychology. Tokyo: Brain Publishing Company.

McFarland, S. G. (in press). Religion and authoritarianism.  In D. Wulff (Ed.) Encyclopedia of the Psychology of Religion.  New York: Oxford University Press.

McFarland, S.G. (2014). A Very Brief Overview of Modern Human Rights. Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities. (PDF)

McFarland, S, Brown, D., & Webb, M. (2013). "Identification with All Humanity" as a Moral Concept and Psychological Construct. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 22, 192-196.

McFarland, S. G., Webb, M., & Brown, D. (2012). All humanity is my ingroup: A measure and studies of Identification with all humanity. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103, 830-853.

McFarland, S. G. (2011). Support for Humanitarian Military Intervention. In D. J. Christie (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Peace Psychology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

McFarland, S. G. (2011). Presidential address: The slow creation of humanity. Political Psychology, 32, 1-20.

McFarland, S. G. (2010). Personality and support for universal human rights: A review and test of a structural model. Journal of Personality, 78, 1735-1763.

McFarland, S. (2010) Authoritarianism, social dominance, and other roots of generalized prejudice. Political Psychology, 31, 425-449.

McFarland, S. G., & Carnahan, T. (2009). A situation's first powers are attracting volunteers and selecting participants: A reply to Haney and Zimbardo (2009). Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 815-818.

McFarland, S. & Brown, D. (2008). Who Believes that Identification with all Humanity is Ethical? Psicologia Politica, 36, 37-49.

McFarland, S. (with coauthors, Thalhammer, K, O’Loughlin, P., Glazser, M., Glazer, P., Shapela, S., & Stoltzfus, N.). (2007). Courageous Resistance: The Power of Ordinary People. Palgrave/McMillan.

Carnahan, T. & McFarland, S. G. (2007).  Revisiting the Stanford Prison Experiment: Could Participant Self-Selection have led to the cruelty?  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33, 603-614.

McFarland, S. G. & Mathews, M. (2005).  Do Americans care about human rights? Journal of Human Rights, 4, 305-319. (PDF)

McFarland, S. G. & Mathews, M.  (2005).  Who cares about human rights?  Political Psychology, 26, 365-385

McFarland, S. G. (2005). On the eve of war: Authoritarianism, social dominance, and American students' support for attacking Iraq. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31, 360-367.

Cai, H., Sriram, N., Greenwald, T., & McFarland, S. G. (2004). The Implicit Association Test's D measure can minimize a cognitive skill confound: Comment on McFarland and Crouch (2002).  Social Cognition, 22, 673-684. (PDF)

McFarland, S. G. (2003). The effects of authoritarianism and social dominance upon American students' attitudes toward attacking Iraq. Psicologia Politica, 27, 119-130.

McFarland, S. G. & Crouch, Z.  (2002).  A cognitive skill confound on the Implicit Association Test.  Social Cognition, 20, 483-506. (PDF)

McFarland, S. G. (2000).  Autoritarismus und die Entwicklung eines demokratischen Bewußtseins in Russland (Authoritarianism and the Development of Democratic Consciousness in Russia).  In  Rippl, S., C. Seipel, C., & A. Kindervater (Eds.). Kontroversen und Ansaetze der aktuellen Autoritarismusforschung (Controversies and Approaches in Authoritarianism Research Today).  Opladen, Germany: Leske Bundrich.   Pp. 173-197.

McFarland, S. G.   (1999).  The development of aggression in childhood: Recent American studies.  Innovatseonnaya Shkola (School Innovations), 34, 99-109.  (Russian language journal).

McFarland, S. G. (1998). Communism as religion. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 8, 33-48.

McFarland, S. G., Ageyev, V. S., & Djintcharadze, N. (1996). Russian authoritarianism two years after communism. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 22,  210-217.

McFarland, S. G. (1996). Keeping the faith: The role of non-rational processes in maintaining religious beliefs. In D. A. Stout & J. A. Buddenbaum (Eds.), Religion and the Mass Media: Audiences and Adaptations (pp. 173-182). Sage.

Ageyev, V. S. & McFarland, S. G. (1995). The Authoritarian Personality. In A. Petrovsky, M. Yarochevski, & A. Korenko (Eds.). Russian Encyclopedia of Psychology. Moscow: Nauka Press.

McFarland, S. G. (1994). ACT scores do predict academic success. The National Honors Report, 15, 8-12.

McFarland, S. G., Ageyev, V. S., & Abalakina, M. (1993). The authoritarian personality in the U.S.A. and U.S.S.R.: comparative studies. In Stone, W.F., Lederer, G. & Christie, R. (Eds.). Strengths and weaknesses: The authoritarian personality today. New York: Springer-Verlag.

McFarland, S. G., Ageyev, V. S., & Abalakina-Paap, M. (1992). Authoritarianism in the former Soviet Union. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 63, 1004-1010.

McFarland, S. G. & Warren, J. (1992). Religious orientations and selective exposure among fundamentalist Christians. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 31, 163-174.

Ageyev, V. S., Abalakina, M. A. & McFarland, S. G. (1990). Avtoritarnaya lichnost v Ssha I SSSR [Authoritarian personality in the U.S.A. and U.S.S.R.]. Chelovek, (6), 110-118.


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