Pitzer Professor Emeritus of Anthropology Recognized by the Association for Psychological Science

Professor Emeritus of Anthropology R. Lee Munroe
Professor Emeritus of Anthropology R. Lee Munroe

Claremont, Calif. (January 3, 2017)—Pitzer College Research Professor Emeritus of Anthropology R. Lee Munroe has been selected as a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. Munroe is being recognized for his “sustained and outstanding contributions to the advancement of psychological science.”

Munroe, a founding faculty member who came to Pitzer in 1964, specializes in cross-cultural human development. As a professor of anthropology, he included students in his studies through his Research Apprenticeship program, a venue in which students co-authored papers by collaborating in cross-cultural analyses. More than 30 undergraduate students earned authorship credit while participating in this program.

During his academic career, Munroe has received 30 grants, honors, and awards, including several grants from the National Science Foundation. He has authored more than 125 publications. In 1993, Munroe was named a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

In 2009, Pitzer College established the Ruth and Lee Munroe Center for Social Inquiry to recognize the work of Munroe and Ruth Hagberg Munroe, his wife and fellow founding faculty member, for their commitment to teaching, intercultural studies and scholarship. The Munroes carried out fieldwork in Central America, East Africa, American Samoa and Nepal. In recent years, Psychology Professor Mary Gauvain of University of California, Riverside, has collaborated with Munroe on a set of articles that further analyze the research findings based on this fieldwork.

Lee Munroe received his AB in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and his PhD in social anthropology from Harvard University. He served as the board chair of The Frameworks Institute from 2004-09, president of the Society for Psychological Anthropology from 1995-97 and president of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research from 1990-91.

Founded in 1988, the Association for Psychological Science is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of scientific psychology and its representation at the national and international level.

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