I have done research for the past four decades on the United States power elite. My main interest has been in the extent to which the power elite has included members of previously excluded groups (Jews, women, African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans and LGBT individuals), the reasons they have or have not been included, and the effects on their identities once they have become part of the power elite. I also have done research on a variety of topics in personality and social psychology, including the psychological effects of unusual names, birth order, attitudes toward and knowledge about nuclear war, self monitoring, music preferences, and signature size as an unobtrusive measure of status and self-esteem. I also have edited an anthology, with Gene Borgida, on the topic of collaboration ("Collaboration in Psychological Science: Behind the Scenes").
- Attitudes and Beliefs
- Communication, Language
- Personality, Individual Differences
- Political Psychology
- Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Sociology, Social Networks
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- Zweigenhaft, R. (2020). Geezerball: North Carolina Basketball at its eldest (Sort of a Memoir). Greensboro, NC: Half Court Press (in cooperation with Scuppernong Books).
- Zweigenhaft, R. (2020). Jews, Palestinians, and friends: 45 Years at a Quaker College. Greensboro, NC: Half Court Press.
- Zweigenhaft, R. L., & Borgida, E. (Eds.). (2016). Collaboration in psychological science: Behind the scenes. New York: Worth Publishers.
- Zweigenhaft, R. L., & Domhoff, G. W. (2018). Diversity in the power elite: Ironies and unfulfilled promises (3rd ed.). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
- Zweigenhaft, R. L., & Domhoff, G. W. (2014). The new CEOs: Women, African American, Latino and Asian American leaders of Fortune 500 companies. Paperback, with New Introduction. Lanham MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
- Zweigenhaft, R. L., & Domhoff, G. W. (2006). Diversity in the power elite: How it happened, why it matters (2nd ed.). Lanham MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
- Zweigenhaft, R. L., & Domhoff, G. W. (2003). Blacks in the White elite: Will the progress continue? Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
- Zweigenhaft, R. L., & Domhoff, G. W. (1982). Jews in the Protestant establishment. New York: Praeger.
- Sulloway, F. J., & Zweigenhaft, R. L. (2010). Birth order and risk taking in athletics: A meta-analysis and study of major league baseball. Personality and Social Psychology Review 2010, 14, 402-416. Published online April 30, 2010: doi:10.1177/1088868310361241
- Zweigenhaft, R. L. (2009). Prep school and public school graduates: Who attends college reunions, who donates, who doesn't, and why. Sociological Spectrum, 29, 742-750.
- Zweigenhaft, R. L. (2008). A Do Re Mi encore: A closer look at the personality correlates of music preferences. Journal of Individual Differences, 29(1), 45-55.
- Zweigenhaft, R. L. (2002). Birth order effects and rebelliousness: Political activism and involvement with marijuana. Political Psychology, 23(2), 219-233.
- Zweigenhaft, R. L. (1993). Prep school and public school graduates of Harvard: A longitudinal study of the accumulation of social and cultural capital. Journal of Higher Education, 64(2), 211-225.
- Zweigenhaft, R. L. (1992). The application of cultural and social capital: A study of the 25th year reunion entries of prep schools and public school graduates of Yale College. Higher Education, 23, 311-320.
- Zweigenhaft, R. L. (1983). Unusual first names: A positive outlook. Names, 31(4), 258-270.
- Zweigenhaft, R. L. (1977). The empirical study of signature size. Social Behavior and Personality, 5(1), 177-185.
- Domhoff, J. & Zweigenhaft, R. (2020). Owners and election day: A chance to do the right thing. The Society Pages, July 21, 2020.
- Zweigenhaft R. (2021, March). Diversity in Presidential cabinets: From the least diverse in 30 years to the most diverse ever. Posted on Who Rules America?
- Zweigenhaft R. (2020, November). Diversity among Fortune 500 CEOs from 2000 to 2020: White women, hi-tech South Asians, and economically privileged multilingual immigrants from around the world. Posted on Who Rules America?
- Zweigenhaft, R. L. (2017). Studying diversity in the American power structure, collaboratively, in Zweigenhaft, R. L. and Borgida, E. (Eds), Collaboration in Psychological Science: Behind the Scenes (pp. 175-187). New York: Worth.
- Zweigenhaft, R. L. (2013). Teaching an interdisciplinary course on the American upper class. In Robert C. Rosen (Ed.), Class and The College Classroom: Essays on Teaching (pp. 200-206). New York: Bloomsbury.
- Zweigenhaft, R. L. (2012). Book review essay: Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul’s School by Shamus Rahman Khan. Social Forces, 99(2), 689-696. Online: doi: 10.1093/sf/sos182.
- Zweigenhaft, R. L. (2010). Is this curriculum for sale? Academe, 96(4), 38-39.
- Zweigenhaft, R. L. (1997). Signature size, Harvard MBAs, and the "A Better Chance" program: Coming to understand the importance and the complexity of class, race, gender and culture. In Karl E. Scheibe (Ed.), A Century of Psychology at Wesleyan University, 1894-1994 (pp. 85-98). Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University.
- Zweigenhaft, R. L., & Domhoff, G. W. (2016). Latinos in the power elite, 2016, in Gutierrez, R.. A. and Almaguer, T. (Eds.), The New Latino Studies Reader: A Twenty-First-Century Perspective (pp. 400-408). Oakland, CA: University of California Press.
- Zweigenhaft, R. L., & Domhoff, G. W. (2014). Diversity and the new CEOs. In D. Hartmann and C. Uggen (Eds.), Color Lines and Racial Angles (pp. 191-205). New York: W. W. Norton. Also posted online, July 5, 2012, at The Society Pages: Social Science That Matters, W. W. Norton and Co.
- Class, Race and Gender
- Introduction to Personality
- Mass Media
- Psychobiography and Life Narrative
- Social Psychology
- Sports, Race, Gender and the American Dream
- The American Upper Class
Department of Psychology
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