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Spring 2018: A Voyage Around the World

Scott Plous

Wesleyan University

Scott Plous is Professor of Psychology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and Founding Executive Director of Social Psychology Network (, a nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to promote peace, social justice, and sustainable living through public education, research, and the advancement of psychology.

Scott holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University, where he subsequently completed a MacArthur Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in International Peace and Cooperation. His teaching experience outside the United States includes sailing on the Spring 2015 Semester at Sea voyage around the world, teaching summer school at Beijing Normal University in China, and co-teaching for the Harvard University summer program in Trento, Italy. In 2013 and 2014, Scott also taught a free online Social Psychology class that became the world’s largest synchronous course, receiving more than 700,000 student enrollments from over 200 countries.

Scott is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. He has twice received Wesleyan University’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching and was named “Connecticut Professor of the Year” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In addition, his research and teaching have received several national awards, including the American Psychological Foundation’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the Otto Klineberg Intercultural and International Relations Award, and the William James Book Award (for his book The Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making).

Scott’s research interests focus on prejudice and discrimination, decision making, information technology, and ethical issues surrounding the use of animals. Most recently, his research team has developed a web site ( that conducts humanlike interviews by simulating text message exchanges with site visitors.