Campbell Leaper

TitleProfessor, Department Chair
DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentPsychology Department
AffiliationsFeminist Studies Department,
College Nine,
College Ten
Phone831-459-5084 (message),
831-459-1436 (chair's office),
Web Site Campbell Leaper Web Page
OfficeSocial Sciences 2, Room 258 (chair's office),
Social Sciences 2, Room 355
Office HoursBy appointment (Winter 2018)
Campus Mail StopPsychology Faculty Services
Campbell Leaper

Research Interests

Campbell Leaper is a developmental and social psychologist investigating the origins and consequences of gender inequities across the lifespan. Some of his research topics include the following: social construction and socialization of gender in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood; self-concept and social identity; language and social interaction; social relationships, gender bias in the schools and academic achievement (including STEM fields); images of gender in the media; perceptions and consequences of sexism.

See Professor Leaper's personal web page for more information.

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
B.A., Boston University

Selected Publications

  • Leaper, C. & Brown, C. S. (2018). Sexism in childhood and adolescence: Recent trends and advances in research. Child Development Perspectives, 12, 10-15. 

  • Leaper, C., & Bigler, R. S. (2018). Societal causes and consequences of gender-typing of children's toys. In E. S. Weisgram & L. M. Dinella (Eds.), Gender-typing of children’s toys: How early play experiences impact development (pp. 287-308). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. 

  • Farkas, T., & Leaper C. (2016). Chivalry’s double-edged sword: How girls’ and boys’ paternalistic attitudes relate to their possible family and work selves. Sex Roles, 74, 220-230. 

  • Wilson, A., & Leaper, C. (2016). Bridging multidimensional of ethnic-racial and gender identity among ethnically diverse emerging adults. Journal of Youth & Adolescence, 45, 1614-1637.

  • Bigler, R. S., & Leaper, C. (2015). Gendered language: Psychological principles, Evolving practices, and inclusive policies. Policy Insights from Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 2, 187-194. 

  • Leaper, C. (2015). Do I belong? Gender, peer groups, and STEM achievement. International Journal of Gender, Science, and Technology, 7, 166-179. 

  • Leaper, C. (2015). Gender and social-cognitive development. In R. M. Lerner (Series Ed.), L. S. Liben & U. Muller (Vol. Eds.), Handbook of child psychology and developmental science (7th ed.), Vol. 2: Cognitive processes (pp. 806-853). New York: Wiley. 

  • Leaper, C., & Brown, C. S. (2015). Sexism in schools. In L. S. Liben & R. S. Bigler (Eds.), Advances in child development and behavior (pp. 189-223). San Diego, CA: Elsevier.

  • Leaper, C. (2014). Gender similarities and differences in language. In T. Holtgraves (Ed.), Oxford handbook of language and social psychology (pp. 62-81). New York: Oxford University Press.

  • Robnett, R. D., & Leaper, C. (2013). Friendship groups, personal motivation, and gender in relation to high school students’ STEM career interest. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 23, 652-664.

Courses Taught

Psych 100: Research Methods in Psychology
Psych 106: Social and Emotional Development
Psych 107: Gender and Development
Psych 140Q: Social Psychology of Sex and Gender
Psych 244B: Proseminar 2: Social and Personality Development
Psych 254: Psychology of Gender