Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
B.A., Boston University

Distinguished Professor of Psychology 
University of California, Santa Cruz
Office: Room 355 Social Sciences 2


Campbell Leaper is a developmental and social psychologist who investigates gender and sexism during childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Professor Leaper advises and collaborates with graduate students in the developmental psychology program
For information on current and former graduate students as well as former undergraduate students working with Professor Leaper, please go to Students and Photo Album pages. 

Research Interests

(See Research page for more information about ongoing projects)

  • Social construction and socialization of gender in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood
  • Gender ideologies (including ambivalent sexism, traditional masculinity, feminist identity)
  • Social identities; intersection of gender and other social identities
  • Language and social interaction
  • Peer groups, friends, families, and other social relationships
  • Experiences with sexism (gender bias, discrimination, harassment)
  • Gender bias in the schools
  • Girls, women, and other underrepresented students in STEM
  • Academic and athletic motivation (competence beliefs and interests; belonging)
  • Representations of gender in the media

Professor Leaper also organizes and co-chairs the biennial Gender Development Research Conference, which is held every two years in San Francisco.