Richie Zweigenhaft, Dana Professor of Psychology, teaches a range of courses in social psychology and personality. He also has taught various courses about mass media, courses about race, class and gender, and courses about sports. In addition, he has been playing in a noontime basketball game with students, faculty and staff three days a week for more than thirty-five years. Click here to see him going to his left in a photo from a Guilford College yearbook of a while ago, and to read about how his team ("Dead Men Dribbling") has done in an annual three on three tournament at the North Carolina Senior Games.

Richie is also the coauthor (with G. William Domhoff) of a number of books on the American power structure. The first, Jews in the Protestant Establishment (Praeger, 1982), examined the extent to which Jews had become a part of the corporate elite and, for those who had, the ways their newly acquired elite status affected their identities as Jews. The second, Blacks in the White Establishment? A Study of Race and Class in America (Yale University Press, 1991), examined the experiences of a group of black men and women who attended elite boarding schools in the 1960s through a program called "A Better Chance." The third, Diversity in the Power Elite: Have Women and Minorities Reached the Top? (Yale University Press, 1998) looked at the extent to which the power elite, which once was made up exclusively of white Christian men, now includes Jews, African Americans, women, Latinos, Asian-Americans, and LGBT individuals. The book asks how much the power elite diversified in the second half of the twentieth century.  The book also examines whether or not the increased diversity affected the way the power elite functions.  The fourth, Blacks in the White Elite: Will the Progress Continue?, published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2003, is an updated edition of Blacks in the White Establishment?  The book draws on new interviews conducted between 2000 and 2002 with the same men and women interviewed in the late 1980s for the first edition of the book, and new material on more recent graduates of the A Better Chance program.  The fifth, published in 2006 by Rowman & Littlefield, is an updated edition of Diversity in the Power Elite: How it Happened, Why it Matters. A sixth book, titled The New CEOs: Women, African American, Latino and Asian American Leaders of Fortune 500 Companies, was published as a hardback in 2011, and as a paperback with a new Introduction, in 2014 (Rowman & Littlefield). Most recently, they have written a third edition of the diversity book, titled Diversity in the Power Elite: Ironies and Unfulfilled Promises it was published in early 2018.

To see the Amazon listings for these books, click here.

Richie also co-edited an anthology (with Eugene Borgida), titled Collaboration in Psychological Science: Behind the Scenes. It was published by Worth (a division of Macmillan), in September, 2016.


Richie at HACR 2013a



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