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Francis T. McAndrew

Francis T. McAndrew

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Frank McAndrew is the Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology at Knox College. He is a social psychologist with interests in environmental and evolutionary psychology, and his research is guided by the simple desire to understand the psychology of everyday life. He is currently studying gossip, aggression, creepiness, and the psychology underlying social media such as Facebook. His work is frequently featured in popular media outlets such as National Public Radio, the BBC, the New York Times, and NBC's "Today Show," and he has lectured widely throughout the United States, Europe, and Africa. He also maintains the top-ranked (by Google) web site devoted to the study of Medieval Cosmology (

At Knox, McAndrew founded the environmental studies program and chaired the psychology department for a decade, and he has twice been honored with the college's highest award for distinguished teaching. On the side, Frank continues to coach wrestling, work with the McNair Scholars, and generally be engaged with the life of the college. He is particularly proud of the fact that almost 100 of his former students have gone on to complete a doctoral degree in psychology or a closely related field.

Environment and Behavior
Journal of Environmental Psychology
Journal of Mind and Behavior
Journal of Social Psychology
(Occasional reviewer for more than 20 other journals, including JPSP, PSPB, JESP, PSPR, & SPPS)

Association for Psychological Science (Fellow)
Midwestern Psychological Association (Charter Fellow)
Society of Experimental Social Psychology (Fellow)
Human Behavior and Evolution Society
Society for Personality and Social Psychology
Environmental Design Research Association

Primary Interests:

  • Aggression, Conflict, Peace
  • Communication, Language
  • Evolution and Genetics
  • Helping, Prosocial Behavior
  • Internet and Virtual Psychology
  • Nonverbal Behavior

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Francis T. McAndrew
Department of Psychology
Knox College
2 East South Street
Galesburg, Illinois 61401-4999
United States

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