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C. Nathan DeWall is a professor of social psychology at the University of Kentucky.

He also is co-author of a series of introductory psychology textbooks.


About Nathan


C. Nathan DeWall is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Social Psychology Lab at the University of Kentucky. With David Myers, he is co-author of a series of introductory psychology textbooks published by Worth Publishers. 


Nathan received his Bachelor’s Degree from St. Olaf College, a Master’s Degree in Social Science from the University of Chicago, and a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Florida State University. He received the 2011 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award, which recognizes excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching. In 2011, the Association for Psychological Science identified DeWall as a “Rising Star” for “making significant contributions to the field of psychological science.”


Nathan conducts research on close relationships, self-control, and aggression. With funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, he has published over 150 scientific articles and chapters. Nathan’s research awards include the SAGE Young Scholars award from the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology, the Young Investigator Award from the International Society for Research on Aggression, and the Early Career Award from the International Society for Self and Identity. His research has been covered by numerous media outlets, including "Good Morning America," Newsweek, Atlantic Monthly, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Harvard Business Review, and National Public Radio. Nathan blogs for Psychology Today and writes for the New York Times and Quartz. He has lectured nationally and internationally, including in Hong Kong, China, the Netherlands, England, Greece, Hungary, and Australia.


Nathan is happily married to Alice DeWall, with whom he has a young daughter named Beverly and a young son named Ellis. He enjoys playing with his two golden retrievers, Finnegan and Atticus. In his spare time, he writes novels, watches sports, and runs and runs and runs—including several half marathon and marathons, 50-mile ultramarathons, and 100-mile ultramarathons. In 2016, he ran 314 miles across Tennessee. He recently ran a six-day, 147-mile ultramarathon across the Sahara Desert and completed the Badwater 135, a 135-mile race through Death Valley that bills itself as "the world's toughest foot race."