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Assistant Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Copenhagen

Dr. Séamus A. Power is a trans-disciplinary scholar with expertise in the social, cultural, and political psychology of human development. In one line of research he uses multiple methods to comprehend how people experience and understand economic inequality from a psychological perspective: under what conditions can and do people living in democracies accept inequality without engaging in activities to effect social change? And under what circumstances does their tolerance turn to protest, rioting, and other forms of civic discontent?


In a second line of research, in conjunction with Professor Richard Shweder, he examines the scopes and limits of pluralism and the multicultural challenge in western liberal democracies. How much tolerance is there for diverse cultural practices, and how much ought there be, in liberal democracies, such as the United States?


Dr. Power's third research area unites the previous two strands. He is interested in the Equality - Difference Paradox. This is the observation that countries with greater income equality tend to be less culturally diverse. One consequence of this apparent clash between cultural diversity and income equality is that any country that values both economic equality and cultural diversity must sooner or later confront the paradox, if only for the sake of finding a sensible tradeoff that is compatible with social harmony.


Dr. Power is an assistant professor of social psychology, in the department of psychology, at the University of Copenhagen. 



PhD in Comparative Human Development, The University of Chicago (2017)


M.A. in Comparative Human Development, The University of Chicago (2014)


M.Phil in Social and Developmental Psychology, University of Cambridge (2008)


B.Sc. in Applied Psychology, University College Cork (2006)

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Email: seamus.power (at) psy.ku.dk