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Richie Zweigenhaft

Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, Guilford College

Richie Zweigenhaft's primary academic focus has been on the United States power elite. His main interest has been in the extent to which the power elite has included members of previously excluded groups – such as 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. He has coauthored, with G. William Domhoff, three editions of "Diversity in the Power Elite" (1998, 2006, 2018) and two editions of "The New CEOs" (2011 and 2014).

Zweigenhaft has also 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. He is the co-editor of an anthology titled "Collaboration in Psychological Science: Behind the Scenes" (2017), and the author of two "sort of memoirs," "GEEZERBALL: North Carolina Basketball at its Eldest" (2020) and "Jews, Palestinians, and Friends: 45 Years at a Quaker College" (2021).


  • –present
    Professor of Psychology, Guilford College
  • Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S.
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