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On June 1, 2021, the multidisciplinary journal of social protest, Contention, published a paper on racial hegemony and structural violence, co-authored by Colin Wayne Leach, professor of psychology and Africana studies. In the article, “Some Psychological Implications of Black Struggle,” Leach uses a transdisciplinary social-behavioral approach to analyze work by author, activist, and social theorist AK Thompson and his most psychologically oriented theses on protest, resistance, and societal change. The researchers find Thompson’s arguments that Black freedom struggles are, and have always been, flexible in means and aims, adjusting strategically to the multifaceted dynamics of oppression and resistance.

Leach is an elected fellow of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology and the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, as well as a recipient of the Kurt Lewin medal for scientific contribution from the European Association of Social Psychology.