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Associate Dean and Professor of Psychology, University of Memphis

Roger Kreuz is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Memphis. He currently serves as an Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. He earned his graduate degrees in experimental psychology at Princeton University.

Dr. Kreuz conducts research on discourse, pragmatics, and nonliteral language. In addition to his research publications, he has authored or coauthored five books for the general public:

• "Failing to Communicate" (in press, Prometheus Books), provides a psychological and linguistic framework for why miscommunication occurs.

• "Irony and Sarcasm" (2020, MIT Press), is a biography of two troublesome words.

• "Changing Minds" (2019, MIT Press), with Richard Roberts, reviews how our language abilities change across the adult lifespan.

• "Getting Through" (2017, MIT Press), with Richard Roberts, explains difficulties in cross-cultural communication from a psychological perspective.

• "Becoming Fluent" (2015, MIT Press), with Richard Roberts, explores second language learning in adulthood.

A book on language and identity is currently under contract with Prometheus.

Dr. Kreuz's research has been featured in venues such as "The Washington Post" and "The Wall Street Journal." His national and international presentations include speaking at The Smithsonian in Washington DC. His books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Turkish.


  • 1988–present
    Professor of Psychology, University of Memphis
  • 2014–present
    Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Memphis


  • 1987 
    Princeton University, PhD
  • 1985 
    Princeton University, MA

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow, Psychonomic Society
  • Fellow, Society for Text and Discourse
  • Fellow and Charter Member, Association for Psychological Science