Neil Malamuth

Neil Malamuth

Neil Malamuth

Professor Emeritus


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I am an interdisciplinary social scientist who studies violence and conflict, including an emphasis on mass media effects. Most of our research has focused on identifying the characteristics of men who commit sexual aggression against women. As part of that research we have examined whether exposure to sexually explicit media and/or sexually violent pornography may be an added risk factor to the other risk factors we have identified as part of the Confluence Model we have developed. Thousands of men from Canada, the United States and Denmark have participated in our various studies. We have used a variety of research methods, including surveys, field studies, and controlled experiments. This research has received honors and distinctions and has been cited in the formation of public policy and law in several countries. For over twenty years, I chaired the Communication Studies Program, Speech Department and was the Founding Chair of the Department of Communication Studies. I also was a faculty member at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada and the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor.


Ph.D., Social Psychology & Personality, University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
B.A., Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles


Violence and conflict; mass media effects

Selected Publications

Hald, G. M., Malamuth, N., & Lange, T.  (2013).  Pornography and sexist attitudes among heterosexuals.  Journal of Communication, 63(4), 638-660.

 Malamuth, N.,  Linz, D., & Weber,  R.  (2013).  The Internet and aggression:  Motivation, disinhibitory, and opportunity aspects.  In Y. Amichai-Hamburger (Ed.).  The Social Net:  Understanding our online behavior.  Oxford:  Oxford University Press.

Malamuth, N., Hald, G. M., & Koss, M. (2012).  Pornography, individual differences in risk and men‚s acceptance of violence against women in a representative sample.  Sex Roles, 66, 427-439.

Malamuth, N. & Huppin, M. (2007).   Drawing the line on virtual child pornography:  Bringing the law in line with the research evidence.  New York University Review of Law and Social Change. 31 773-827.

Malamuth, N., & Huppin, M. (2005). Pornography and teenagers: The importance of individual differences.  Adolescent Medicine, 16, 315-326.

Malamuth, N.  (2003).  Criminal and non-criminal sexual aggressors:  Integrating psychopathy in a hierarchical-mediational confluence model.   In  R. A. Prentky, E. Janus, & M. Seto (Eds.),  Understanding and Managing Sexually Coercive Behavior.   Annals of the New York Academy  of Sciences, Vol. 989.  (pp.  33-58).  New York:  New York Academcy of Sciences