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Kevin Binning

Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychology

Research Scientist, Learning Research & Development Center

Research Interests

Most of my research seeks to understand social psychological problems in two topical areas: politics and education. I am especially interested in issues such as educational achievement, partisanship, and organizational engagement, and I explore how people's behavior in these domains is shaped, in part, by their subjective understandings of themselves and their social environment. My research aims to understand social behavior with an eye toward strategies to change behavior in socially constructive ways.

Goyer, J. P., Garcia, J., Purdie-Vaughns, V., Binning, K. R., Cook, J. E., Reeves, S. J., Apfel, N., Taborsky-Barba, S., Sherman, D. K., & Cohen, G. L. (2017). Self-affirmation facilitates minority middle schoolers' progress along college trajectories. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. doi:10.1073/pnas.1617923114

Vincent-Ruz, P., Binning, K., Schunn, C. D., & Grabowski, J. (2017). The effect of math SAT on women's chemistry competency beliefs. The Royal Society of Chemistry: Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 19, 342-351.

Huo, Y. J., Binning, K. R., & Begeny, C. T. (2015). Respect and the viability of ethnically diverse institutions. In S. Otten, K. I. Van der Zee, and M. B. Brewer (Eds.), Towards inclusive organizations: Determinants of successful diversity management at work (pp. 49-66). Hove, UK: Psychology Press.

Binning, K. R., & Sears, D. O. (2015). On the history of political diversity in social psychology. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 38, 18-19.

Binning, K. R., Brick, C., Cohen, G. L., & Sherman, D. K. (2015). Going along versus getting it right: The role of self-integrity in political conformity. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 56, 73-88.

Sherman, D. K., Hartson, K. A., Binning, K. R., Purdie-Vaughns, V., Garcia, J., Taborsky-Barba, S., Tomassetti, S., Nussbaum, A. D., & Cohen, G. L. (2013). Deflecting the trajectory and changing the narrative: How self-affirmation affects academic performance and motivation under identity threat. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 104(4), 591-618.

Binning, K. R., & Unzueta, M. M. (2013). Perceiving ethnic diversity on campus: Group differences in attention to hierarchical representation. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 4(4), 500-507.

Unzueta, M. M., & Binning, K. R. (2012). Diversity is in the eye of the beholder: How concern for the ingroup affects perceptions of organizational diversity. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38(1), 26-38.

Binning, K. R., & Huo, Y. J. (2012). Understanding status as a social resource. In K. Y. Törnblom and A. Kazemi (Eds.), Handbook of social resource theory, (pp. 133-147). New York: Springer.

Binning, K. R., & Sherman, D. K. (2011). Categorization and communication in the face of prejudice: When describing perceptions changes what is perceived. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101(2), 321-336.

Huo, Y. J., Binning, K. R., & Molina, L. E. (2010). The interplay between fairness and the experience of respect: Implications for group life. In B. Mannix, M. Neale, & L. Mullen (Eds.), Research on Managing Groups and Teams (Vol. 13): Fairness in Groups (pp. 95-120). Bingley, UK: Emerald.

Unzueta, M. M., & Binning, K. R. (2010). Which racial groups are associated with diversity? Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 16(3), 443-446.

Huo, Y. J., Molina, L. E., Binning, K. R., & Funge, S. (2010). Subgroup respect, social engagement, and well-being: A field study of an ethnically diverse high school. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 16(3), 427-436.

Huo, Y. J., Binning, K . R., & Molina, L. E. (2010). Testing an integrative model of respect: Implications for social engagement and well-being. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36(2), 200-212.

Binning, K. R., Sherman, D. K., Cohen, G. L., & Heitland, K. (2010). Seeing the other side: Reducing political partisanship via self-affirmation in the 2008 Presidential Election. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 10(1), 276-292.

Binning, K. R., Unzueta, M. M., Huo, Y. J., & Molina, L. E. (2009). The interpretation of multiracial status and its relation to social engagement and psychological well-being. Journal of Social Issues, 65(1), 35-49.

Huo, Y. J., & Binning, K. R. (2008). Why the psychological experience of respect matters in group life: An integrative account. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2(4), 1570-1585.

Binning, K. R. (2007). "It's us against the world": How distrust in Americans versus people-in-general shapes competitive foreign policy preferences. Political Psychology, 28(6), 777-799.

Kevin Binning, Psychology, received a Course Transformation Award for his project, “Developing and Testing a Classroom-based Social-belonging Intervention to Address the Effects of Stereotype Threat on Female Physics Students.”

September 11, 2017

Tim Nokes-Malach, with colleagues, has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for "Build, Understand, & Tune Interventions that Cumulate to Real Impact." This interdisciplinary project includes LRDC researchers Christian Schunn, Benjamin Rottman, Kevin Binning, and Center Associates Chandralekha Singh and Elizabeth Votruba-Drzal and other Pitt faculty across the disciplines of biology, chemistry, and physics.

August 21, 2015


Kevin Binning and coauthors have won the Robert B. Cialdini Award which recognizes the publication that best "explicates social psychological phenomena principally through the use of field research methods and settings and that thereby demonstrates the relevance of the discipline to communities outside of academic social psychology within a given year” for their paper "Deflecting the trajectory and changing the narrative: How self-affirmation affects academic performance and motivation under identity threat.

October 2014

New Faculty Kevin Binning and Scott Fraundorf were featured on page 2 and Lindsay Page on page 4 in the "What's New at Pitt: People" section in the August 28 issue of the University Times.

August 2014