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Diana J Leonard

Assistant Professor of Psychology

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Biology-Psychology Hall

Area of Specialty: Social and Political Psychology


  • Psy 260: Social Psychology
  • Psy 300: Research Methods
  • Psy 325: Social Norms
  • Psy 465: Advanced Social Psychology

Professional Experience

Growing up in NYC, I became curious at an early age about the role of motivation and context in social judgments. While getting my bachelors in Psychology at Northwestern University, I participated in honors research examining the role of biracial identity in perception of other-raced faces. I went on to earn my Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of California Santa Barbara, studying social identity and intergroup emotions with Dr. Diane Mackie. During my time in graduate school, I focused on exploring the role of group-based emotions in shaping intergroup apology and protest. Concurrent with my development as a researcher, I nourished my passion for teaching through UCSB’s rigorous, faculty-reviewed teaching emphasis.

Since arriving at Lewis & Clark in 2012, I have continued to study group dynamics and intergroup communication. I share my enthusiasm for psychological science through teaching and mentoring undergraduates. I also use my expertise in intergroup dynamics daily as a member of the Ethnic Studies and E&D steering committees, as faculty fellow for Akin Hall (our multicultural engagement-themed living and learning community), and in the training and workshops I have conducted around issues of diversity and inclusion for staff, faculty and students at LC and in the greater Pacific Northwest. In recognition of this work, I have been honored with an Impact Award from our Department of Inclusion & Multicultural Engagement.


Intergroup communication: Primarily, I study the ways in which the emotions we feel as a consequence of our social identities alter three processes: intergroup apology, perceived group victimization, and reactions to group disadvantage. Racial passing: In a new line of work, I have begun exploring moral judgments of racial passing behavior. That is, when people “transgress” boundaries of racial categorization, how do we as perceivers judge and, in some cases, denigrate these social actors and their behaviors? Roleplay studies: Finally, as a self-proclaimed “geek”, I have enjoyed applying classic models of small group dynamics to the study of conflict and change in live action roleplaying (larp) groups. 


  • Leonard, D.J., & Arango, G. (2013). The Dynamic Life Cycle of Live Action Role-Play Communities.  In Bowman, S.L. (Ed.), Wyrdcon Companion Book 2013, Academic Section.   
  • Leonard, D. J., Mackie, D. M., & Smith, E. R. (2011). Emotional responses to intergroup apology mediate intergroup forgiveness and retribution. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 1198-1206.
  • Leonard, D. J., Moons, W. G., Mackie, D. M., & Smith, E. R. (2010). We’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore: anger self-stereotyping and collective action. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 14, 99-111.
  • Moons, W. G., Leonard, D. J., Mackie, D. M., & Smith, E. R. (2009). I feel our pain: antecedents and consequences of emotional self-Stereotyping. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 760-769.

Academic Credentials

Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara 2012; B.A. Northwestern University 2004

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Diana J Leonard Assistant Professor of Psychology

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