BA (UCLA), PhD (UC Santa Barabara), M HigherEd (ANU)

Professor Michael J Platow is a social psychological researcher and teacher in the ANU Research School of Psychology. Over the course of his academic career he has conducted and published research on the social psychology of distributive, procedural, and restorative justice; social influence and leadership; trust and helping; in-group favouritism and social identity management; linguistic masking; diversity; social value orientations; and identity and education. In seeking to understand these diverse phenomena he relies heavily on the theoretical and meta-theoretical assumptions of social identity and self-categorization theories.

From 2003 through 2007 Professor Platow served as the convener of Social Psychology Research Group at the ANU; and from 2007 through 2009 he was the President of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists. In 2007 Professor Platow was a recipient of the nationally competitive Australian Learning and Teaching Council Carrick Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning; and in 2011 he was recipient of the Award for Excellence in Education from the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment/College of Physical and Mathematical Science. He is a former associate editor of Social Psychology and Personality Science.

In 2012, his co-authored book with Professor S Alexander Haslam and Professor Stephen D Reicher was awarded the Outstanding Leadership Book Award from the Department of Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego. He is co-editor of the forthcoming book (with Drs. Ken Mavor and Boris Bizumic) on Self and Identity in Educational Contexts.

Professor Platow led teams of researchers on successful ARC Discovery Grants study each of distributive and procedural justice, and marginalizing racism and lay views of prejudice.

Prior to arriving at the ANU, Professor Platow worked at both La Trobe University in Melbourne, and the University of Otago in New Zealand. He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles; and his doctorate at the University of California, Santa Barbara, under the supervision of Professor Charles "Chuck" McClintock. More recently, he earned his Masters of Higher Education at the ANU.

  • 2003 - present: Research School of Psychology, Australian National University
  • 1997 - 2003: School of Psychological Science, La Trobe University
  • 1991 - 1997: Department of Psychology, The University of Otago
  • Carrick Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • University of San Diego Department of Leadership Studies Outstanding Leadership Book Award for The New Psychology of Leadership with S Alexander Haslam and Stephen D Reicher

Mavor, K. I., Platow, M. J., & Bizumic, B. (in press). Self and social identity in educational contexts. East Sussex, UK: Psychology Press.

Platow, M. J., Haslam, S. A., & Reicher, S. D. (in press). Leadership and the essential role of psychological group memberships. In S. Harkins, K. D. Williams, & J. Burger (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Social Influence. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Platow, M. J., Hunter, J. A., Haslam, S. A., & Reicher, S. D. (2015). Reflections on Muzafer Sherif’s legacy in social identity and self-categorization theories. In A. Dost-Gözkan & D. S. Keith (Eds.), Norms, groups, conflict, and social change: Rediscovering Muzafer Sherif’s psychology (pp. 275-305). London: Transaction Publications.

Platow, M. J., Grace, D. M., & Smithson, M. J. (2014). When immigrants and converts are not truly one of us: Examining the social psychology of marginalizing racism. In K. Rubenstein, F. Jenkins, & M. Nolan (Eds.), Allegiance and Identity in a Globalised World (pp. 192-220). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Platow, M. J., Huo, Y. J., Lim, L., Tapper, H., & Tyler, T. R. (2015). Social identification predicts desires and expectations for voice. Social Justice Research, 28, 526-549.

Platow, M. J., Haslam, S. A., Reicher, S. D., & Steffens, N. K. (2015). There is no leadership if no-one follows: Why leadership is necessarily a group process. International Coaching Psychology Review, 10, 20-37.

Platow, M. J., Hunter, J. A., Branscombe, N. R., & Grace, D. M. (2014). Social creativity in Olympic medal counts: Observing the expression of ethnocentric fairness. Social Justice Research, 27, 283-304.

Platow, M. J., Eggins, R. A., Chattopadhyay, R., Brewer, G., Hardwick, L., Milsom, L., Brocklebank, J., Lalor, T., Martin, R., Quee, M., Vassallo, S., & Welsh, J. (2013). Two experimental tests of relational models of procedural justice: Non-instrumental voice and authority group membership. British Journal of Social Psychology, 52, 361-376.

Platow, M. J., Mavor, K. I., & Grace, D. M. (2013). On the role of discipline-related self-concept in deep and surface approaches to learning among university students. Instructional Science, 41, 271-285.

Haslam, S. A., Reicher, S., & Platow, M. J. (2011). The new psychology of leadership: Identity, influence and power. London: Psychology Press.