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After growing up in Ohio and South Carolina, I earned my BA in Psychology from the Univ. of Cincinnati in 1990 and my Ph.D. from Indiana Univ. in 1995. During college, I held many jobs including secretary, toy store employee, electric meter reader, newspaper reporter and editor, and summer camp counselor in Cincinnati (Fort Scott) and in Wolfeboro, NH (Camp Birchmont). Following grad school, I was a psychology professor at Penn State (1995-97) and at Michigan State (1997-2000) before coming to Miami Univ. in 2000, returning to my hometown of Cincinnati. I've also had the good fortune to spend significant time as a visiting scholar at the Univ. of Chicago and at the Univ. of California, Santa Barbara.

In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, photography, good beer and wine, live music, running, cooking, modern architecture, college basketball and football, professional baseball and basketball, astronomy, and rollercoasters at Cedar Point and Kings Island. Recently, I have served as an instructor in the Earth Expeditions program, blending my love of nature and social psychology in the service of environmental conservation efforts in places like India, Hawai'i, and Belize. Some of my favorite travel destinations include Costa Rica, the deserts of Arizona and California, the great US National Parks (including Yosemite, Maroon Bells, and the Grand Canyon), anywhere in Northern Italy, and amazing cities such as Paris, Prague, Sydney, and Vancouver. Also, I have an unabiding love for the US West Coast, ranging from Southern California to the Pacific Northwest. Finally, I enjoy spending time with my friends from summer camp and those in social psychology.

updated 8 march 2016 © mmxvi allen r. mcconnell