by Rhoda Unger, Selection Committee Chair
Kevin Lanning has been selected as the new editor of Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy (ASAP) for a four-year term beginning in 2010. He brings with him a great deal of experience with ASAP, where he served as book review editor between 2001 and 2006 and as a member of the editorial board since the journal’s inception.
Kevin contributed an article “Reflections on September 11: Lessons from four psychological perspectives” to the special feature on terrorism and its consequences that was published electronically less than six months after the attack. He also edited a special feature on the social psychology of the 2004
Although Lanning received a Ph.D. in personality psychology (University of California, Berkeley, 1986), he has been a long-time SPSSI member whose scholarly and social interests span much of political and social psychologies. In addition to his work with ASAP, he has recently published articles on voting, democracy, and disenfranchisement in the
Since 1998 Lanning has been an associate professor of psychology at
From his long experience with ASAP, Kevin Lanning brings with him an understanding of the challenges and tensions produced by the mission statement of this journal which states that it should serve as “an outlet for timely and innovative psychological and related social science scholarship with implications for social action and policy” and “aim to facilitate communication between social science researchers and policy makers as well as with the public as a whole.” He also brings with him an understanding of new forms of electronic communication as well as a great deal of energy and enthusiasm.
The members of the search committee (