Kevin Binning

Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychology

Research Scientist, Learning Research & Development Center

Education and Training

PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

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.

College Teaching & Learning Educational Achievement Equity Learning Opportunities Minoritized Groups Socio-cultural Factors

Related Research Areas

Educational Opportunities, Equity, & Attainment Motivation & Engagement

Recent Publications

Hammarlund, S.P., Scott, C., Binning, K.R., & Cotner, S. (2022). Context matters: how an ecological-belonging intervention can reduce inequities in STEM. BioScience.

Binning, K. R., Blatt, L., Chen, S., & Votruba-Drzal, E. (2021). Going to college with a posse: How having high school peers on campus supports college achievement. AERA Open, 7. 1-18.

Badea, C., Binning, K.R., Sherman, D.K., Boza, M., & Kende, A. (2021). Conformity to group norms: How group-affirmation shapes collective action. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 95.

Binning, K.R., Cook, J.E., Greenaway, V.P., Garcia, J., Apfel, N., Sherman, D.K., & Cohen, G.L. (2021). Securing self-integrity over time: Self-affirmation disrupts a negative cycle between psychological threat and academic performance. Journal of Social Issues.

Wang, M.T., Binning, K.R., Del Toro, J., Qin, X., & Zepeda, C.D. (2021). Skill, thrill, and will: The role of metacognition, interest, and self-control in predicting student engagement in mathematics learning over time. Child Development, 92 (1).

Kevin Binning's Google Scholar profile

News and Awards

Kevin Binning, LRDC Research Scientist, and Chandralekha Singh, Director, dB-SERC, and LRDC Center Associate, and their Pitt colleagues, were featured in the January 11 Pittwire article "Student Belonging Exercise Erases Achievement Gaps in Biology, Physics Courses."

January 11, 2021


Kudos to Kevin Binning, a recipient of a 2020 Pitt Seed Grant for "Using Administrative Data to Measure Teaching Effectiveness."

July 2020

The Computing Research Association published Jane Margolis, Joanna Goode, and Kevin Binning's Op-Ed "Exploring Computer Science: Active Learning for Broadcasting Participation in Computing."

November 2019


Kevin Binning, Erica McGreevy, and Chandralekha Singh were the recipients of the 2019 Provost’s Award for Diversity in the Curriculum, recognized for incorporating a new “belonging intervention” into introductory courses, which resulted in improved grades for all students. The intervention aimed to address gender and racial gaps, and it is now part of the standard curriculum in the classes in which it was introduced.

November 20, 2019


Kudos to Kevin Binning, Erica McGreevy, and Chandralekha Singh as recipients of the 2019 Provost’s Award for Diversity in the Curriculum.

November 13, 2019

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