The Society for the
Study of Social Issues



Council Member 2014-17

Stephen Wright is Professor of Social Psychology at Simon Fraser University. He has held a Canada Research Chair and is a fellow of SPSSI, the Association of Psychological Sciences, and the Canadian Psychological Association. He received a BA from the University of Winnipeg, an MA and PhD from McGill University and was a faculty member at the University of California, Santa Cruz from 1991-2003. His research focuses on intergroup relations, with specific interests in: the psychological determinants of, and barriers to, participation in collective action and resistance; intergroup helping and advantaged group allies in social protest and social change; and prejudice and its reduction with a particular focus on cross-group contact and extended (indirect) contact. In addition, his current research also focuses on the intersections of the previous two lines of research – how positive/friendly cross-group contact can hinder (or empower) collective efforts for social change. Finally, he has a long-standing interest in minority language loss and language discrimination.


Research that produces nothing but books will not suffice.
                                                                                                                    - Kurt Lewin