Heather MacArthur hails from Nova Scotia, Canada, and is just beginning her time as a Visiting Assistant Professor here at Furman. She completed her first undergraduate degree in Global Studies at Trent University (in Ontario, Canada), and then decided ​to change paths and study psychology. Thus, Dr. MacArthur returned to school to undertake her Psychology B.A. at the University of New Brunswick, and then did a joint Masters and PhD in Social Psychology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania.

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Social Psychology

Study of individual human behavior as it affects and is affected by other people. Topics include the self, attitudes, group dynamics, prejudice, interpersonal attraction, impression formation, attribution, aggression, and prosocial behavior.


Psychology of Gender

​In her research, Dr. MacArthur studies how gender can influence our lives in subtle ways that we don’t recognize as gendered because they seem “normal.” For example, she conducted her Master’s thesis on the topic of women being referred to as “girls” in everyday conversation, and her dissertation looked at the politics of men’s crying in sports, showing that men’s crying can be perceived positively when those men represent cultural ideals for masculinity (like competitive athletes). In general, Dr. MacArthur is interested in issues of diversity, stereotyping, prejudice, and societal power relations, and is excited to be teaching both Social Psychology and Psychology of Gender at Furman this year. ​

    Journal Articles and Chapters

  • Shields, S. A., MacArthur, H. J., & McCormick, K.T. (2018). The gendering of emotion: A critical review. In C. Travis & J. W. White (Eds.), American Psychological Association Handbook on the Psychology of Women. Washington, D. C.: American Psychological Association.
  • McCormick, K. T., MacArthur, H. J., Shields, S. A., & Dicicco, E. D. (2016). New perspectives in gender and emotion. In Best Practices in Feminist Psychological Science: Gender Beyond Difference (213-230). New York, NY: Springer.
  • MacArthur, H. J., & Shields, S. A. (2015). There’s no crying in baseball, or is there? Male athletes, tears, and masculinity in North America. Emotion Review, 7, 39-46. doi: 10.1177/1754073914544476

  • Book and Media Reviews

  • MacArthur, H. J. (2014). Book review: Mediating race, globalizing gender. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 38, 155-156. doi: 10.1177/0361684313520135
  • MacArthur, H. J., & Shields, S. A. (2014). Psychology’s Feminist Voices: A critical pedagogical tool. Sex Roles, 70, 1-3. doi: 10.1007/s11199-014-0349-9

  • Encyclopedia Articles

  • MacArthur, H., J. & Shields, S. A. (2014). Leta S. Hollingworth (1886-1939). Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. doi: 10.1002/9781118625392.wbecp123

  • Undergraduate Publications

  • MacArthur, H. J. (2012). Population aging in Canada: Potential impacts on clinical practice and higher education in psychology. Mind Pad: Canadian Psychological Association Student Newsletter, 1, 5-8.
  • MacArthur, H. J. (2012). Provoking a “Storm”: Gender schema theory and the public’s reaction to a genderless child. Journal of Psychological Inquiry, 17, 41-44.
  • MacArthur, H. J., & Poulin, C. (2012). Gender representation in children’s picture books: A skewed ratio of male to female characters? Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences, 10.
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The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA​
University of New Brunswick (UNB), Fredericton, NB
Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

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