Scott T. Allison
Professor of Psychology

Scott T. Allison is Professor of Psychology at the University of Richmond. His research focus is on heroes, villains, legends, leaders, underdogs, and martyrs. He has published nearly 100 articles and the following four books on heroes: (1) Heroes, published in 2011 by Oxford University Press; (2) Heroic Leadership, published in 2013 by Routledge; (3) Reel Heroes, Volume 1, published in 2014 by Agile Writers; and (4) Conceptions of Leadership, published in 2015 by Palgrave Macmillan. His work has been featured in media outlets such as National Public Radio, USA Today, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Slate Magazine, MSNBC, CBS, the Christian Science Monitor, and Psychology Today.

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia's Outstanding Faculty Award
Distinguished Educator Award, University of Richmond
Psi Chi Outstanding Faculty Award

Goethals, G. R., Allison, S. T., Kramer, R., & Messick, D. (Eds.) (2015). Conceptions of Leadership: Enduring Ideas and Emerging Insights. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Smith, G., & Allison, S. T. (2014). Reel Heroes: Volume 1: A Psychological Analysis of Movie Heroes. Agile Writers Press.
Allison, S. T., & Goethals, G. R. (2013). Heroic Leadership: An Influence Taxonomy of 100 Exceptional Individuals.  New York: Routledge.
Allison, S. T., & Goethals, G. R.. (2011). Heroes: What They Do and Why We Need Them. New York: Oxford University Press.
Goethals, G. R. & Allison, S. T. (2012). Making heroes: The construction of courage, competence and virtue. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 183-235.
Allison, S. T., & Hensel, A. (2012).  Sensitivity to the changing fortunes of others.  Personality and Social Psychology Connections.  Retrieved from
Allison, S. T., Eylon, D., Beggan, J.K., & Bachelder, J. (2009).  The demise of leadership: Positivity and negativity in evaluations of dead leaders.  The Leadership Quarterly, 20, 115-129.
Beggan, J. K., & Allison, S. T. (2009).  Viva Viva? Women's meanings associated with male nudity in a 1970s "For Women" Magazine. Journal of Sex Research, 46, 446-59.
Kim, J., Allison, S. T., Eylon, D., Goethals, G., Markus, M., McGuire, H., & Hindle, S. (2008). Rooting for (and then Abandoning) the Underdog.  Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 38, 2550-2573
Eylon, D., & Allison, S. T. (2005).  The frozen in time effect in evaluations of the dead.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31, 1708-1717.
Allison, S. T., & Burnette, J. (2010). Fairness and preference for underdogs and top dogs.  In R. Kramer, A. Tenbrunsel, & M. Bazerman, (Eds), Social Decision Making: Social Dilemmas, Social Values, and Ethical Judgments. New York: Psychology Press.
Beggan, J. K., & Allison, S. T.. Social values. (2010). In V. S. Ramachandran (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Human Behavior (2nd edition). New York: Elseiver.
Allison, S. T., & Goethals, G. R. (2008). Deifying the Dead and Downtrodden:  Sympathetic Figures as Exceptional Leaders. In C.L. Hoyt, G. R. Goethals, & D. R. Forsyth (Eds.), Leadership at the crossroads: Psychology and leadership. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
Contact Information
(804) 289-8127
(804) 287-1905 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Social Psychology
Personality Psychology
Research Methods
Heroes, Great Leaders, Legends, and Martyrs