Markus Kemmelmeier

Markus Kemmelmeier, Ph.D.

Professor; Director of the Social Psychology Program
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Markus Kemmelmeier is a professor of sociology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2001 in social psychology. Kemmelmeier has articles in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, and Political Psychology. His current research focuses on cultural psychology, political psychology, intergroup relations and interpersonal behavior and he has an ongoing interest in social psychological methods and statistics. He also serves as the director of the interdisciplinary social psychology Ph.D. program.

Research interests

Markus Kemmelmeier's research interests span a number of different areas including cultural psychology, political psychology, intergroup relations and interpersonal interaction.

Class materials

  • Social Psychology and Culture (graduate level)
  • Interpersonal Behavior (graduate level)
  • Group Processes and Intergroup Relations (graduate level)
  • Social Cognition (graduate level)
  • Attitudes: Structure and Function (graduate level)
  • Group Dynamics (undergraduate)
  • Social Psychology of Education (undergraduate)
  • Principles of Sociology (undergraduate)

Current Ph.D. students


  • Crowder, M., & Kemmelmeier, M. (2017). Cultural differences in shame and guilt as understandable reasons for suicide. Psychological Reports. DOI: 10.1177/0033294117728288
  • Crowder, M., & Kemmelmeier, M. (2017). New insights on cultural patterns of suicide in the United States: The role honor culture. Cross-Cultural Research. DOI: 10.1177/1069397117712192
  • Crowder, M., & Kemmelmeier, M. (2014). Untreated depression contributes to higher suicide rates in U.S. honor cultures. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 45, 1144-1160. DOI: 10.1177/0022022114534915
  • Duncan, M., & Kemmelmeier, M. (2012). Attitudes toward same-sex marriage: An essentialist approach. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 12, 377-399. DOI: 10.1111/j.1530-2415.2012.01290
  • Hayward, R. D., & Kemmelmeier, M. (2011). Weber revisited: A cross-national analysis of religiosity, religious culture and economic attitudes. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 42, 1309-1319. DOI: 10.1177/0022022111412527
  • Jehle, A., Miller, M. K., Kemmelmeier, M., & Maskaly, J. (2012). How voluntariness of apologies affects actual and hypothetical victims' perceptions of the offender. Journal of Social Psychology, 152, 727-745. DOI: 10.1080/00224545.2012.697079
  • Kemmelmeier, M. (2016). Cultural differences in survey responding: Issues and insights in the study of response biases. International Journal of Psychology 51, 439-444. DOI: 10.1002/ijop.12386
  • Kemmelmeier, M. (2014). Telling what they want to know: A replication and extension. Social Psychology. DOI: 10.1027/1864-9335/a000173
  • Kemmelmeier, M. (2015). The closed-mindedness that wasn't: Need for structure and expectancy-inconsistent information. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:896. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00896
  • Kemmelmeier, M., & Chavez, H. L. (2014). Biases in the perception of Barack Obama' skin tone. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy. DOI: 10.1111/asap.12061
  • Kemmelmeier, M., & Malanchuk, O. (2015). Greater self-enhancement in Western than Eastern Ukraine, but failure to replicate the Muhammad Ali effect. International Journal of Psychology. DOI: 10.1002/ijop.12151
  • Kemmelmeier, M., & Walton, A. P. (2016). Creativity in men and women: Threat, other-interest and self-assessment. Creativity Research Journal, 28. DOI: 10.1080/10400419.2016.1125266
  • Lee, B. M., & Kemmelmeier, M. (2017). How reliable are the effects of self-control training?: A re-examination using self-report and physical measures. PLoS ONE, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0178814
  • Lykes, V. A., & Kemmelmeier, M. (2014). What predicts loneliness?: Cultural difference between individualist and collectivist societies in Europe. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 45, 468-490. DOI: 10.1177/0022022113509881
  • Miller, G. D., Kemmelmeier, M., & Dupey, P. (2013). Gender differences in worry during medical school. Medical Education, 47, 932-941. DOI: 10.1111/medu.12236
  • Saucier, G., Kenner, J. S., Iurino, K., Bou Malham, P., Chen, Z., Thalmayer, A. G., Kemmelmeier, M., & Altschul, C. (2015). Cross-cultural differences in a global ‘Survey of World Views'. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 46, 53-70. DOI: 10.1177/0022022114551791
  • Taras, V., Sarala, R., Muchinsky, P., Kemmelmeier, M., & Singelis, T. (2013). Opposite ends of the same stick? Multi-method test of the dimensionality of individualism and collectivism. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 45, 213-245. DOI: 10.1177/0022022113509132
  • Uz, I., & Kemmelmeier, M. (2017). Can deception be desirable? Social Science Information, 56, 98–106. DOI: 10.1177/0539018416675070
  • Uz, I., & Kemmelmeier, M. (2014). Islamist terrorism as identity threat: The case of ambivalent identification and self-stereotyping among Turkish Muslims. Journal of Applied Social Psychology. DOI: 10.1111/jasp.12257
  • Uz, I., Kemmelmeier, M., Paksoy, C., Krumov, K., Kühnen, U., Volkova, E., Gluzdova, O. & Walton, A. P. (in press). Sex and gender differences in achievement motivation across cultures. Turkish Journal of Psychology.
  • Vargas, J. H., & Kemmelmeier, M. (2013). Ethnicity and contemporary American culture: A meta-analytic investigation of horizontal-vertical individualism-collectivism. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 44, 195-222. DOI: 10.1177/0022022112443733
  • Walton, A. P., Kemmelmeier, M. (2012). Creativity in its social context: The interplay of organizational norms, situational threat and gender. Creativity Research Journal, 24, 208-219.
  • Wieland, A., Kemmelmeier, M., Gupta, V. & McKelvey, W. (in press). Gendered cognitions: A socio-cognitive model of how gender affects entrepreneurial preferences. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development.
  • Wieland, A. M., Sundali, J., Kemmelmeier, M., & Sarin, R. (2014). Gender differences in the endowment effect: Women pay less, but won't accept less. Judgment and Decision Making, 9, 558-571.


  • Ph.D., Psychology, University of Michigan, 2001
  • M.A., Psychology, University of Michigan, 1997
  • Diplom-Psychologe, Universitaet Mannheim, 1994