Group processes and intergroup relations (GPIR) research is crucial for addressing global issues in a quickly changing world. Mass shootings are on the rise in the U.S. and beyond, war rages in multiple contested areas, the health of democracy is constantly tested, and societal structures threaten perceptions of minority groups’ collective action against inequality. The 2024 GPIR preconference brings together scholars whose work speaks to these issues and beyond, connecting researchers at all levels to create meaningful collaborations and expand theory and methods. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the SAGE journal GPIR and the work showcased in this preconference celebrates the journal’s contributions to social psychology. Many of the speakers include contributors to a special issue dedicated to the journal and the journal's founding editors, Professors Michal Hogg and Dominic Abrams will be in attendance for the celebration. Our lineup includes 8 invited speakers and a data blitz presentation by an early career scholar from our pool of poster presentations. 


  • Colin Wayne Leach headshotColin Wayne Leach, Barnard College, Columbia University – Protest now: Black Lives Matter and the system dynamics of 21st-century movements
  • Agnieszka Golec de Zavala headshotAgnieszka Golec de Zavala, Goldsmiths, University of London – Revolutionaries in reverse: Why collective narcissism threatens democracy
  • Isabel Pinto headshotIsabel Pinto, University of Porto – How to deal with ingroup inefficacy in controlling deviance
  • Adam Pearson headshotAdam Pearson, Pomona College – Advances in group dynamics and climate research
  • Benjamin Anjewierden headshotBenjamin Anjewierden, Cal Poly Humboldt – Defining, refining, and advancing social identity motives to conceptualize and predict responses to deviance
  • Christine Reyna headshotChristine Reyna, DePaul University – Fear, loss, and the palliative properties of extremism: From left- and right-wing authoritarianism to violent white nationalism
  • Mark Moffett headshotMark Moffett, National Museum of Natural History – A Brief look at intergroup relations in other species
  • Kimberly Rios headshotKimberly Rios, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Harnessing the complexity of White identity to reduce feelings of threat and improve intergroup relations
Arianne Eason headshot Arianne Eason, University of California, Berkeley – A Modern Form of Bias: Omission and invisibility undermine Indigenous wellbeing
  • Christine Nguyen headshotChristine Nguyen, Early Career Speaker, Columbia Business School – Sorry, Not Sorry: The Effect of Status on Apology Likelihood

Submission Process for Poster Presentations

Please submit your 200-word abstract and indicate if you would like to be considered for a data blitz. We will select one abstract from our submissions to give a data blitz alongside our invited speakers.

Preconference Organizers

Angel Armenta, University of Kentucky
Olivia Kuljian, Eastern Oregon University
Teri Kirby, Purdue University
Amber Gaffney, Cal Poly Humboldt


Preconference submissions are now closed. If you have any questions about this preconference, please email the organizers (listed above).

Preconference Organizers

The Sage Journal, Group Processes and Intergroup Relations
Special Issue Editors