School of Psychology
University of Queensland
St. Lucia, QLD 4072
PhD (2004), University of California, Santa Cruz
Associate Editor, European Journal of Social Psychology (2012-2014)
Editorial Board Memberships:
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (2008-present)
British Journal of Social Psychology (2007-present)
Social Psychological and Personality Science (2012-present)
Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy (2011-present)
SPSSI International Conference Committee (2011-present)
UQ Gender Equity Sub-Committee (2011-present)
SPSP Theoretical Innovation Award Panel (2011)
My research focuses on four areas: (1) emotional reactions to inequality and terrorism, and their implications for political attitudes; (2) participation in collective action and political activism; (3) implementation of affirmative action programs in education and employment; (4) identity change processes in times of transition
for a full list of publications, please click on the "recent publications" tab above.
Bissing-Olson, M., Iyer, A., Fielding, K. S., & Zacher, H. (2013). Relationships between daily affect and pro-environmental behavior at work: The moderating role of pro-environmental behavior. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 34, 156-175.
Iyer, A., Jetten, J., & Haslam, S. A. (2012). Sugaring o'er the devil: Moral superiority and group identification help individuals downplay the implications of ingroup rule-breaking. European Journal of Social Psychology, 42, 141-149.
Iyer, A., & Jetten, J. (2011). What's left behind: Identity continuity moderates the effect of nostalgia on well-being and life choices. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101, 94-108.
Jetten, J., & Iyer, A. (2010). Different meanings of the social dominance orientation concept: Predicting political attitudes over time. British Journal of Social Psychology, 49, 385-404.
Iyer, A., & Ryan, M. K. (2009). Why do men and women challenge gender discrimination in the workplace? The role of group status and ingroup identification in predicting pathways to collective action. Journal of Social Issues, 65 (4), 791-814.
Iyer, A., Jetten, J., Tsivrikos, D., Postmes, T., & Haslam, S. A. (2009). The more (and the more compatible) the merrier: Multiple group memberships and identity compatibility as predictors of adjustment after life transitions. British Journal of Social Psychology, 48, 707-733.
Iyer, A., & Leach, C. W. (2008). Emotion in inter-group relations. European Review of Social Psychology, 19, 86-125.
Jetten, J., Iyer, A., Tsivrikos, D., & Young, B. (2008). When is individual mobility costly? The role of economic and social identity factors. European Journal of Social Psychology, 38, 866-879.
Iyer, A., Schmader, T., & Lickel, B. (2007). Why individuals protest the perceived transgressions of their country: The role of anger, shame, and guilt. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33, 572-587.
Leach, C. W., Iyer, A., & Pedersen, A. (2007). Angry opposition to government redress: When the structurally advantaged perceive themselves as relatively deprived. British Journal of Social Psychology, 46, 191-204.
Crosby, F. J., Iyer, A., & Sincharoen, S. (2006). Understanding affirmative action. Annual Review of Psychology, 57, 585-611.
Iyer, A., & Oldmeadow, J. (2006). Picture this: Emotional and political responses to photographs of the Kenneth Bigley kidnapping. European Journal of Social Psychology, 36, 635-647.
Leach, C. W., Iyer, A., & Pedersen, A. (2006). Guilt and anger about in-group advantage as explanations of the willingness for political action. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 32, 1232-1245.
Crosby, F. J., Iyer, A., Clayton, S., & Downing, R. A. (2003). Affirmative action: Psychological data and policy debates. American Psychologist, 58, 93–115.
Iyer, A., Leach, C. W., & Crosby, F. J. (2003). White guilt and racial compensation: The benefits and limits of self-focus. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 29, 117-129.
Note: Coordinator roles prior to 2009 and tutor roles prior to 2006 are not included.
My research focuses on the following general questions:
(1) How do people experience different emotions to inequality and injustice (e.g., sympathy, scorn, or anger); and what are the implications of these emotions for political attitudes? My recent work in this area focuses on reactions to representations of terrorism, as well as reactions to group-based discrimination that is considered legitimate (e.g., denying gay couples the right to adopt children).
(2) What makes people decide to get involved in different types of political activities (e.g., donating money, protest actions)?
(3) How can universities and organizations implement effective affirmative action and equal opportunity programs to increase diversity?
I would like to supervise students who are interested in one or more of these general questions. My plan is to develop an Honours-size project with each student that is tailored to both of our interests.