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ASAP Report

Kevin Lanning Selected as New ASAP Editor

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 U. S. presidential election and is currently working on a feature about the 2008 presidential election, which was accepted before he was selected as editor of the journal.


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 United States as well as tensions between attitudes about equality and freedom in the wake of September 11th.


Since 1998 Lanning has been an associate professor of psychology at Florida Atlantic University and a charter faculty member of its Wilkes Honors College. He has also been on the faculty of Oregon State University and spent two years as a lecturer at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.


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 (Meg Bond, Irene Frieze, Dan Perlman, and Rhoda Unger, Chair) were pleased to recommend him to the Executive Committee of SPSSI. He is looking forward to receiving not only your manuscripts but also your ideas on how ASAP can best serve SPSSI and fulfill its mission in the years to come.  He can be reached at


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