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Prof. George R. Goethals

Visiting Leadership Scholar

E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Professorship in Leadership Studies, Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond.
Social psychologist George R. (Al) Goethals joined the Jepson School faculty in 2006. Previously, he was chair of the Department of Psychology, founding chair of the Program in Leadership Studies, and provost at Williams College. His research has focused on social comparison processes, social influence, and, most recently, presidential leadership and heroes.

Professional experience

1970-1975 Assistant Professor of Psychology, Williams College
1973-1974 Visiting Lecturer in Psychology, Princeton University
1975-1979 Associate Professor of Psychology, Williams College
1978-1979 Visiting Scholar, University of Virginia
1979-1989 Professor of Psychology, Williams College
1983 Visiting Professor of Psychology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo,
Ontario, Canada
1985-1986 Visiting Research Psychologist, University of
California, Santa Barbara
1995-1996 Visiting Professor of Psychology, University of
Massachusetts, Amherst
1989-2003 Webster Atwell-Class of l92l Professor of Psychology, Williams College
2003-2005 Dennis Meenan ’54 Third Century Professor of Leadership Studies,
Williams College
2003 Visiting Lecturer in Psychology, Amherst College
2004 Visiting Scholar, Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of
Richmond
2006- E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Professorship in Leadership Studies,
Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond

Honours and awards

University of Richmond Distinguished Educator Award, 2008

Selected Publications

  1. Goethals, G.R. (forthcoming). Realignment, Region, and Race: Social Identity and Presidential Leadership. Bingley, UK: Emerald Press.
  2. Goethals, G.R. (2017). “Almost Nothing New Under the Sun”: American politics and the election of Donald Trump,” Leadership, 13(4), 413–423.
  3. Goethals, G. R. & Bradburn, D. (Eds.) (2016). Politics, Ethics and Change: The Legacy of James MacGregor Burns. London: Edward Elgar.
  4. Allison, S. T., Kocher, C. T. & Goethals, G. R. (Eds.) (2016). Frontiers in Spiritual Leadership: Discovering the Better Angels of Our Nature. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  5. Allison, S. T., & Goethals, G. R. (2016). Hero worship: The elevation of the human spirit. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 46, 187–210.
  6. Goethals, G. R. (2015). Presidential Leadership and African Americans: “An American Dilemma” from Slavery to the White House. New York: Routledge.