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Mark Rubin

School of Psychology
The University of Newcastle
NSW 2308
I was awarded an MSc from the London School of Economics in 1994 and a PhD from Cardiff University, UK in 2000. I worked as a lecturer at Cardiff University from 1999-2001 and joined the University of Newcastle in 2001, where I am currently a senior lecturer in the School of Psychology. The School is ranked in the top 4 of 41 Australian psychology departments in terms of its research (Excellence in Research Australia, 2012), and the University of Newcastle is ranked 1st among Australia’s universities that are under 50 years old (Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2013-2014; QS 2014 Top 50 Under 50 rankings).

I have won several awards for my teaching, including the University of Newcastle Faculty of Science and Information Technology’s (2014) Academic Staff Excellence Award, the Australian Government’s Office for Teaching and Learning (2013) Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, and the University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor’s (2011) Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

I have authored 41 major research publications in the area of social psychology, including 37 journal articles, 2 book chapters, and 2 published conference papers. Over half of my journal articles are published in journals that are ranked in the top quartile of their field based on the SCImago Journal Rank indicator. My work has been cited over 2,000 times, and I am ranked in the top 20% of social psychologists based on my publication impact (career-stage e-index compared with 611 North American social psychologists; Nosek et al., 2010).

My research focuses on social group processes, including social identity, stereotyping, prejudice, and social exclusion. In the area of social identity, I have published several highly-cited articles that defend social identity theory against its critics and call for more sophisticated tests of its core hypotheses. In the area of stereotyping, I have identified new processes that explain why people perceive members of social groups to be “all the same.” My research on prejudice has been funded by two Discovery Project grants from the Australian Research Council. In the first project, I identified cognitive and motivational factors that predict prejudice against “category-inconsistent” people such as migrants and counterstereotypical individuals (Rubin, Paolini, & Crisp, 2005-2007). In the second project, I worked with lead investigator Dr Stefania Paolini to show that negative encounters with out-group members increase prejudice more than positive encounters decrease prejudice (Paolini, Harwood, & Rubin, 2007-2010). My recent research is based in the area of social exclusion. Here, I’ve provided meta-analytic evidence that working-class students are less integrated at university than middle-class students, I’ve identified personality variables that predict migrants’ social exclusion, and I’ve shown that the need for self-esteem motivates people to exclude out-group members from their in-group.

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