Bob Altemeyer

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Bob Altemeyer
Born (1940-06-06)June 6, 1940
Nationality Canadian
Awards AAAS Prize for Behavioral Science Research
Academic background
Alma mater Carnegie Mellon University
Academic work
Discipline Psychology
Institutions University of Manitoba
Main interests Research into authoritarianism

Robert Anthony "Bob" Altemeyer (born June 6, 1940), is a retired Professor of Psychology at the University of Manitoba.[1][2] He produced the test and scale for "RWA" or Right-wing authoritarianism.[3]

He did extensive research on authoritarianism, identifying the psychological makeup of authoritarian followers and authoritarian leaders. His studies concentrated on who the followers are, how they got that way, how they think, and why they are by turns so submissive and aggressive. He also collected data on authoritarianism among North American politicians. Altemeyer's work is extensively referenced in John W. Dean's 2006 book, Conservatives Without Conscience.[3][4] At Dean's suggestion, he wrote an "everyperson" account of his findings, The Authoritarians, which is freely available online.[5]

Bob Altemeyer was awarded the American Association for the Advancement of Science Prize for Behavioral Science Research in 1986.[6]

His son, Rob Altemeyer, is an MLA in the Manitoba Legislature.[7]


  • Altemeyer, Bob (1981). Right-Wing Authoritarianism. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press. ISBN 0-88755-124-6. 
  • — (1988). Enemies of Freedom: Understanding Right-Wing Authoritarianism. Mississauga: Jossey-Bass. ISBN 978-1555420970. 
  • — (1996). The Authoritarian Specter. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-674-05305-2. 
  • —; Hunsberger, Bruce (1997). Amazing Conversions: Why Some Turn to Faith and Others Abandon Religion. Amherst: Prometheus Books. ISBN 978-1573921473. 
  • Hunsberger, Bruce; Altemeyer, Bob (2006). Atheists: A Groundbreaking Study of America's Nonbelievers. Amherst: Prometheus Books. ISBN 978-1591024132. 
  • Altemeyer, Bob (2006). The Authoritarians (PDF). Winnipeg: University of Manitoba. OCLC 191061772.  and several subsequent postscripts: Comment on the 2008 election,[8] Comment on the Tea Party movement[9] and a short comment on Donald Trump.[10]
  • — (2009). Sex and Youth: A Twenty-Four Year Investigation. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba. OCLC 516955225. 


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