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Eagley Named First James Padilla Professor in Arts and Sciences

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March 14, 2006 | by Pat Vaughan Tremmel

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Alice Eagley, professor of psychology at Northwestern University, has been named the first James Padilla Professor in Arts and Sciences.

Eagley is a social psychologist whose research focuses on two main areas: the psychology of attitudes and the psychology of gender. She currently is working on a book about gender’s effect on leadership and an analysis of stereotypes of leaders and managers.

Two major projects, one on heroism of women and men and the other on gender gaps in sociopolitical attitudes, culminated this year in published articles in American Psychologist and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. She is the editor or author of numerous articles, which appear in publications including the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Psychological Review, Psychology of Women Quarterly and American Psychologist.

Among her numerous honors and awards she was a Distinguished Fellow of the UCLA Center for Society and Genetics and the recipient of the 2005 Carolyn Wood Sherif Award from the Society for the Psychology of Women for her contributions to the field. She also received the Fulbright, Woodrow Wilson and National Science Foundation fellowships.

Before joining Northwestern in 1995, Eagley taught at Purdue University and the University of Massachusetts.