Peter Hegarty

Professor Peter Hegarty


Professor of Social Psychology
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Biography

Peter Hegarty obtained his PhD in Psychology at Stanford University in 1999 and taught at the City University of New York and Yale University prior to joining Surrey in 2002. He has since held visiting appointments at the University of Michigan, and Trinity College Dublin. In 2017-2018, Hegarty is the Suzanne Tassier Chair of Gender and Human Rights, Université Libre de Bruxelles.

RESEARCH FELLOWS

Dr. David Griffiths. Intersex UK: A History for the Age of Consensus. Funded by the Wellcome Trust (2015-2020).

Dr. Jacy Young. The Nature of Social Relations: Mid-Century Psychologists and Work Toward World Peace. Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2015-2017).

Dr Fabio Fasoli.  Beyond Straight Talking: The Consequences of Vocal Cues to Sexual Identity for Modern Prejudice.  Funded by European Union Marie Sklodowska Curie Award (2016-2018).

Past and Present PhD Students.

Sapphira Thorne. Heteronormativity and Conceptions of Romantic Love. (Expected 2017). Co-Supervised with Erica Hepper.

Mona Al-Sheddi. A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Moral identity in the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia (Expected, 2017). Co-Supervised with Sophie Russell.

Tove Lundberg (University of Oslo).  Subjectivity, Embodiment and Medical Interventions with Children and Young People who Experience Atypical Sex Development (Expected 2017). Co-Supervised with Katrina Roen.

Samantha Salamat. (2017). Discrepant conceptions; How people who use drugs and their healthcare professionals perceive stigma’s effect on care. University of Surrey. PsychD Major Research Project.

Orla Parslos-Breen (2016). Lesbians as family elder carers.

Bartos, Sebastian. (2016). Changing Homophobia: A Global Perspective. Co-supervised with Chris Fife-Schaw.

Hubbard, Katherine. (2016). A History of the Rorschach Ink Blot Test in Britain. [Winner of 2016 Best Paper Award from the BPS Psychology of Women Section].

Quick, Freyja. (2015). Inequality in academic psychology: rethinking the basis of privilege and disadvantage.

Ansara, Y. Gavriel. (2014). Cisgenderism: A bricolage approach to studying the ideology that delegitimizes people’s own designations of their genders and bodies. [Winner of American Psychological Association Prize for Transgender Research (2012) & a 2017 Alumnus Achievement Award, University of Surrey]

Shepperd, Daniel.  (2010). Friendships between gay men and heterosexual women: Discourse analytic studies. Co-supervised with Adrian Coyle.

Brennan, Toni. (2009). Charlotte Wolff: Then and now.

Marcu, Afrodita. (2007). Dehumanization of ethnic groups in Britain and Romania: Socio-cognitive and ideological aspects. Co-supervised with Evanthia Lyons.

FEATURED LINKS

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Hegarty’s interests cut across the fields of social psychology, the history of psychology, language and communication, and gender and sexuality studies. His basic research examines the implicit semantics of preferences for ordering information about people in language and in images, and the effects of taken-for-granted defaults on scientific reasoning about social groups. He has written extensively on the stakes involved in translating insights from feminist theory, queer theory and critical psychology into quantitative psychology, and on the uses of biological attributions as interventions to reduce prejudice. He has authored two books on the history of psychology, Gentlemen’s Disagreement (Chicago, 2013), and A Recent History of Lesbian and Gay Psychology (Routledge, 2017). At Surrey, Hegarty leads the research group SEER (Social Emotions and Equality in Relations).

Research Projects

Heroes against Homophobia. British Academy small grant with Sophie Russell and Sebastian Bartos. (2017)

Enabling Public Engagement with Intersex/DSD through Psychology and Mobile Technology. With David Frohlich. Funded by the British Psychological Society. (2017).

Beyond ‘Straight Talking’: The Consequences of Vocal Cues to Sexual Identity for Modern Prejudice. Marie Sklodowska Curie Award to Fabio Fasoli (2016-2018).

Intersex UK: A History for the Age of Consensus. Wellcome Trust University Award in Medical Humanities to David Griffiths (2015-2020).

The Nature of Social Relations: Mid-Century Psychologists and Work Toward World Peace. Postdoctoral Fellowship Award of the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada to Jacy Young (2015-2017).

Research collaborations

I am an active member of the Social Cognition working group of the COST Action IS1205 which explores the Social Psychological Dynamics of Historical Representations in the enlarged European Union, and a member of the European Network for Psychosocial Studies in Intersex/DSD (EuroPSI).

Teaching

Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology (Psy1022/PsyM095)  History and Social Psychology (Psy3015/PsyM111)

BOOKS

Hegarty, P. (2017). A recent history of lesbian and gay psychology: From homophobia to LGBT. London, UK: Routledge.

Hegarty, P.  (2013). Gentlemen’s disagreement: Alfred Kinsey, Lewis Terman, and the sexual politics of smart men.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Reviewed in Choice, History of the Human Sciences, Indiana Magazine of History, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Lambda Literary, PsycCritiques, Signs, Social Studies of Science, Times Higher Education.

EDITED WORKS

Hegarty, P. & Coyle, A.  (2005). Special Feature on ‘Masculinity-Femininity: An Exception to a Famous Dictum?’ by Anne Constantinope (1973).  Feminism & Psychology, 15, 379-440.  

Hegarty, P. (2007).  The history of power.  History of Psychology. 10 (2), 75-226.

Hegarty, P., Barker, M., & Langdridge, D. (2011).  Queer theory and psychology.  Psychology and Sexuality, 2 (1), 1-107.  

Curtain, N., Hegarty, P., & Stewart, A.J. (2012).  Expanding the research community in LGBT psychology: Collaborative studies from the International Institute.  Psychology & Sexuality, 3,187-296. 

Hegarty, P. (2012).  Beyond Kinsey: The Committee for Research on Problems of Sex and American psychology.  History of Psychology, 15, 197-232.

Hegarty, P., Hubbard, K., & Nyatanga, L. (2015).  Innovative approaches to teaching Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology (CHIP).  History and Philosophy of Psychology, 16 (1), 1-68.

Klein, O., & Hegarty, P. (in prep).  Historical cognition: Recent advances.  Memory Studies, 10 (3), 243-362.

Interviews, Podcasts and Videos

Queer politics, queer science.  Interview with Meg Barker, Psychology of Women Section Review (2005).

Lads Mags, Sexism, and Research in Psychology.  Interview with Janet Stewedel, Scientific American (2012). 

Oral History Interview.  Interview with Jacy Young and Alexandra Rutherford.  Feminist Voices Project. (2012).

Podcast from the panel discussion Why be normal? as part of the 2015 Sick! Festival at Manchester Museum with Meg John Barker, Jack Halberstam, Jackie Stacey and Greg Ussher.

Oral History Interview.  Interview with Jacy Young and Alexandra Rutherford.  Feminist Voices Project. (2012).

CHAPTERS AND PUBLISHED ABSTRACTS

Hegarty, P. (1996).  Paradoxes of AIDS education: “Sex panic” and public health.  In R.R. Linden & C. Laub (Eds.), AIDS on the Ground: Service Learning in a Global Epidemic (pp. 89-97). Stanford, CA: Haas Center for Public Service. 

Hegarty, P.  (2003). ‘More feminine than 999 men out of 1,000:’ The construction of sex roles  in psychology.  In T. Lester (Ed.), Gender Nonconformity, Race and Sexuality: Charting the Connections (pp. 62-83).  Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press.

Hegarty, P. (2003).  Interpreting the Rorschach test: Poststructuralist histories of psychology and the production of knowledge about sexuality [Extended Abstract].  Proceedings of the 35th Annual Meeting of Cheiron: The International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences (pp. 105-113).  University of New Hampshire.

Hegarty, P., Buechel, C., & Ungar, S. (2006).  Androcentric preferences for visuospatial representations of gender differences.  In D. Barker-Plummer, R. Cox, & N. Swoboda (Eds.). Diagrammatic Representation and Inference: 4th International Conference, Diagrams 2006 (pp. 263-266).  Berlin: Springer-Verlag.

Pratto, F., Hegarty, P., & Korchmairos, J. (2007).  Who gets stereotyped?  How communication practices and category norms lead people to stereotype particular people and groups.   In Y. Kashima, K. Fiedler, & P. Freytag (Eds.), Stereotype Dynamics: Language-Based Approaches to Stereotype Formation, Maintenance, and Change (pp. 299-319). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Durham, NH.  

Hegarty, P. (2007).  What comes after discourse analysis for LGBTQ psychology?  In E.A. Peel and V.C. Clarke (Eds.) Out in Psychology: LGBTQ Perspectives (pp. 41-57). Chichester: Wiley and Sons.  [This book won the APA Division 44 Book Award in 2007].

Hegarty, P. (2008).  Queer methodologies.  In L.T. Moon (Ed.) Feeling Queer or Queer Feelings: Radical Approaches to Counseling Sex, Sexualities and Genders (pp.125-140).  London: Routledge.

Hegarty, P. (2009).  Queerying lesbian and gay psychology’s coming of age: Was history just kid stuff?  In M O’Rourke and N. Giffney (Eds.) The Ashgate Research Companion to Queer Theory (514-544).   Aldershot, UK: Ashgate.

Hegarty, P., & Pratto, F. (2010).  Interpreting and communicating the results of gender-related research.  In J. C. Chisler & D.R. McCreary (Eds.).  Handbook of Gender Research in Psychology: Volume 1 (pp. 191-211).  Berlin: Springer-Verlag.

Hegarty, P., & Lemieux, A. (2011).  Who is the second (graphed) sex and why?  The meaning of order in graphs of gender differences.  In T. W. Schubert. & A. Maass (Eds).  Spatial Dimensions of Social Thought (pp. 325-349). Mouton de Gruyter: Berlin.

Hegarty, P. (2013).  Ladies and gentlemen: Gender and order in English.  In G. C. Corbett (ed.) The Expression of Gender (pp. 69-86). Berlin: De Gruyter. 

Hegarty, P., Parslow, O., Ansara, Y.G., & Quick, F. (2013).  Androcentrism: Changing the landscape without leveling the playing field.  In M. Ryan and N. Branscombe (Eds.), The Sage Handbook on Gender and Psychology (pp. 29-44).  London: Sage.

Pettit, M., & Hegarty, P. (2013). Psychology and sexuality in historical time.  In D. Tolman, L. Diamond, J.A. Baumeister, W.H. George, J.G. Pfaus, & M.L.Ward (Eds.), APA Handbook of Sexuality and Psychology Volume 1: Person-Based Approaches (pp. 63-78).  Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Bartoș, S.E., & Hegarty, P. (2014).  Gender, race, and ethnic relations.  To In P. Nesbitt-Larking, && T. Capelos, with H. Dekker, (Eds), The Palgrave Handbook of Global Political Psychology (pp. 204-219). Houndsmill, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Hegarty, P., Bartoș, S.E., & Hubbard, K. (2015).  Social psychological theory, History of. In James D. Wright (editor in chief).  International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Science, 2nd Edition, Volume 22, 525-531.  Elsevier: Oxford. 

Hegarty, P., Mollin, S., & Foels, R. (2016). Binomial word order and social status. In H. Giles and A. Maass (Eds.), Advances in Intergroup Communication (pp. 119-135).  Peter Lang Publishing.

Hegarty, P., Ansara, Y.G., & Barker, M.J. (in press). Non-binary gender. In N. Dess, J. Marecek, D. Best, & L. Bell (Eds). Psychology of Gender, Sex, and Sexualities. New York: Oxford University Press.

My publications

Publications

Recent Publications

Hegarty, P. (in press). On the failure to notice that White people are White: Generating and testing hypotheses with the Celebrity Guessing Game.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

Hegarty, P. (2016). Brains, variability and inheritance: The continued relevance of Shields’ Functionalism in 21st century times.  Feminism & Psychology, 26, 346-352.

Hubbard, K., & Hegarty, P. (2016).  Blots and all: A British history of the Rorschach. Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 52, 146-166.

Hegarty, P., Stewart, A.L., Blockmans, I., & Horvath, M.A.H. (in press). The influence of magazines on men: Normalizing and challenging young men’s prejudice with lads’ mags. Psychology of Men and Masculinities.

Lundberg, T., Lindström, A., Roen, K., & Hegarty, P. (in press).  From knowing nothing to knowing now: Parents' experiences of caring for their children with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia. Journal of Pediatric Psychology.

Representative Publications

Hubbard, K., & Hegarty, P. (in press).  Rorschach tests and Rorschach vigilantes: Queering the history of psychology in Watchmen. History of the Human Sciences.

Hegarty, P. (2017). On the failure to notice that White people are White: Generating and testing hypotheses with the Celebrity Guessing Game.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 146, 41-62.

Lundberg, T., Lindström, A., Roen, K., & Hegarty, P. (2017).  From knowing nothing to knowing now: Parents experiences of caring for their children with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 42, 520-529.

Tiegen, K.N., Bohm, G., Bruckmuller, S., Hegarty, P., & Luminet, O. (2017).  Long Cognition, 163, 26-41. Bartoș, S.E., Berger, I., & Hegarty, P. (2014).  Can psychological interventions reduce homophobia?  A study-space analysis and meta-analytic review. Annual Review of Sex Research, 51, 363-382.

Hegarty, P., Parslow, O., Ansara, Y.G., & Quick, F. (2013).  Androcentrism: Changing the landscape without levelling the playing field.  In M. Ryan and N. Branscombe (Eds.), The Sage Handbook on Gender and Psychology (pp. 29-44) London: Sage.

Horvath, M.A.H., Hegarty, P., Tyler, S., & Mansfield, S. (2012).  “Lights on at the end of the party:” Are lads’ mags mainstreaming dangerous sexism?  British Journal of Psychology, 103, 454-471. 

Hegarty, P., Watson, N., Fletcher, K., & McQueen, G. (2011).  When gentlemen are first and ladies are last.  Effects of gender stereotypes on the order of romantic partners’ names. British Journal of Social Psychology, 50, 21-35.

Hegarty, P., Lemieux, A., & McQueen, G. (2010).   Graphing the order of the sexes: Constructing, recalling, interpreting, and putting the self in gender difference graphs. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 98, 375-391.  

Tee, N., & Hegarty, P. (2006).  Predicting opposition to the civil rights of trans persons in the United Kingdom.  Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 16, 70-80.

Hegarty, P. (2002). "It's not a choice, it's the way we're built:" Symbolic beliefs about sexual orientation in the United States and in Britain.  Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 12, 153-166.

Hegarty, P., & Pratto, F. (2001). The effects of category norms and stereotypes on explanations of intergroup differences.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 80, 723-735.