Sam G. McFarland
Professor Emeritus
Department of Psychology

Western Kentucky University 
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Phone: 1-270-535-1985
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 (1990-1998), 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.

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Last Modified:  January 2021

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