William B. Swann, Jr. is the William Howard Beasley Professor of Management and is a member of the Social-Personality and Clinical Psychology areas at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and undergraduate degree from Gettysburg College. He was elected Fellow of the Society of Experimental Social Psychologists, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Society. He has also been a fellow at Princeton University and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. He has received several research grants and two research scientist development awards from the National Institute of Mental Health. His work has also been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Economic and Social Research Council, the Australian Research Council, the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation and the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitivenes.
He is primarily known for his work on the self and identity, especially his development of three theories, self-verification, identity negotiation, and identity fusion. He has also published research on relationships, social cognition, group processes, accuracy in person perception, interpersonal expectancy effects, personality and attitudes. His papers have been cited over 22,000 times according to Google Scholar.
He has served as President of social psychology’s only honorary society, Society of Experimental Social Psychology. He recently received the Distinguished Lifetime Career Award from the International Society for Self and Identity.