SESPSociety of Experimental Social Psychology


Membership Information
Note: Membership in SESP requires election by the membership committee. Submissions are closed for this year but new membership applications will be accepted between March and May 2016.

Membership in SESP is open to any self-identified social psychologist, regardless of disciplinary affiliation. The nominator can be either oneself or a current member of SESP. Nominations are reviewed by the SESP Membership Committee. Under SESP operating rules, membership cannot grow by more than 5% per year.

The 2015 Membership Committee consists of of Ed Hirt (Chair), Arie Kruglanski, and Nilanjana Dasgupta.

Nominators may nominate no more than one person for membership in a given year. Nominators should submit the following materials by May 4, 2015:

(a) a nomination letter that addresses the criteria for membership and identifies two publications by the candidate as representative of the high quality of her or his work

(b) the candidate's vita

It is most helpful to the Committee if nominators compile this information into a single file (e.g., in Word) that can be uploaded using the membership form. Please note that it is not necessary to submit copies of articles.

The primary criteria for membership are:

  1. Nominees must show "evidence of substantial contribution to social psychology as an empirical science; significant publication in recognized journals or books" (quoted from the bylaws). In practice, "evidence of substantial contribution to social psychology" represents an expectation of at least five papers published on social psychological topics in top journals, with at least three with the candidate as first author. These are not hard and fast rules, however, but a guideline to help nominators decide whether a candidate is "ready" to be nominated. The Membership Committee may also consider publications in other journals, chapters, monographs, and books as evidence of contribution to social psychology.

  2. Nominees must identify themselves as social psychologists.

  3. Nominees must be at least five years post-Ph.D.

Once individuals are admitted as members, the annual membership fee is $60, which includes an online subscription to the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and Social Psychological and Personality Science. Payments can be made online by clicking on the Member Services button to the left. The fee for each calendar year is due by August 1st of the prior year.

Additional questions about SESP or the membership process should be directed to the Executive Officer at:

or to other officers of the SESP Executive Committee. The Executive Committee oversees the operation of SESP and consists of nine members who are elected for staggered terms of three years.