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Peter Leavitt, Ph.D.

Peter Leavitt

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of Arizona, 2016

Contact Information:
Office:  Root Hall, B-213
Phone:  (812) 237-3263

Classes Taught:

  • Psychology 100:  Psychology of Human Sexuality Research
  • Psychology 100W:  Psychology of Human Sexuality Work Group
  • Psychology 270:  Social Psychology
  • Psychology 321:  Diversity & Ethics
  • Psychology 376:  Psychological Research and Writing

Research Interests

1. Culture and Diversity

  • How do the places and circumstances of our upbringing shape the way we see ourselves and the world around us?

2. Social Identity

  • What social identities are most important to us and why?
  • How do these identities influence the way we interact with tohers?
  • When do our social identities help us?
  • When are they an obstacle to problem-solving and cooperation?

3. The Psycology of Social Class

  • What do people think social class is?
  • Why does it matter?
  • Do people have strong social class identity?

4. Media Representation and Media Effects

  • How are social groups portrayed in popular media and what are the psychological reasons for and effects of such portrayals?

5. Intergroup Contact and Communication

  • How do people with different backgrounds, identities, and worldviews communicate with each other?
  • How does communication bread down when group differences are significant and emotionally charged?
  • What can we do about it?

Dr. Leavitt is always interested in hearing from students who are interested in research experience and hearing from anyone with shared interests!





Department of Psychology