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About Ka Yee Angela LEUNG

Angela Ka-yee Leung is an associate professor of Psychology at Singapore Management University. She received her PhD in Social Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign in 2007. Her research seeks to understand how people participate actively in dynamic cultural processes in both intra- and inter-cultural contexts as well as the psychological ramifications of multiculturalism (e.g. creativity and cosmopolitan identity). She is also interested in the role of embodiment (or bodily interactions with the environment) in the acquisition and endorsement of cultural values. Her edited book, Cultural processes: A social psychological perspective (2010, Cambridge University Press) proposes an original process model of culture that extends contemporary social psychological theories of social cognition and social motivation to explain why culture matters in human psychology. Her publications appeared on top-tier journals such as Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, American Psychologist, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Psychological Science. She is currently serving on the editorial board of the Asian Journal of Social Psychology, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, and the popular refereed social psychology online magazine In-Mind. As an active participant at international conferences, she regularly presents academic papers and organizes symposia on socio-cultural issues.


Present Associate Professor of Psychology, Singapore Management University School of Social Sciences

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Honors and Awards

  • School of Social Sciences Award for Research Excellence, Singapore Management University
  • First honorable mention for the Otto Klineberg Intercultural and International Relations Prize, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI)
  • Lee Foundation Fellow for Research Excellence, Singapore Management University


  • Research Methods in the Social Sciences (Undergraduate)
  • Research Methods in Social and Behavioral Sciences (Postgraduate)

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Multicultural Competence and Creative Cognitions (18)

Dynamic Cultural Processes (18)