Colin Wayne Leach (B.A. 1989, M.A. 1991, Boston University; Ph.D. 1995, University of Michigan) is Professor of psychological sciences at the University of Connecticut. His previous faculty appointments include the University of California-Santa Cruz and the University of Sussex in Brighton England.
Colin is a fellow of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology and Society of Personality and Social Psychology and has been a visiting scholar in Australia, Italy, Germany, Holland, Mexico, Norway, and Turkey. He is a 2017 recipient of the Kurt Lewin medal from the European Association of Social Psychology, and his research has been supported by the (US) Ford Foundation, the (UK) Economic and Social Research Council, the European Science Foundation, and the (Dutch) Organization for Scientific Research. Colin is currently co-editor of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and former Associate Editor of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and European Journal of Social Psychology.
Most of his research examines status and morality concerns in identity, emotion, and motivation. In addition to authoring nearly 100 journal articles and book chapters, he has co-edited the volumes Psychology as Politics (Political Psychology, 2001), Immigrant Life in the U.S. (Routledge, 2003), The Social Life of Emotions (Cambridge, 2004), and Societal Change (Journal of Social & Political Psychology, 2013).