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Robert Anthony "Bob" Altemeyer (born June 6, 1940), is a retired Professor of Psychology at the University of Manitoba.[1][2]

He did extensive research on authoritarianism and conservatism, 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]


  • (1981) Right-Wing Authoritarianism, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press.
  • (1988) Enemies of Freedom: Understanding Right-Wing Authoritarianism, Mississauga: Jossey-Bass.
  • Altemeyer, Robert (1997). The Authoritarian Specter, Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
  • (1997) Amazing Conversions: Why Some Turn to Faith and Others Abandon Religion, Amherst: Prometheus Books.
  • (2006) Atheists: A Groundbreaking Study of America's Nonbelievers, Amherst: Prometheus Books.
  • (2006) The Authoritarians, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba.
  • (2009) Sex and Youth: A Twenty-Four Year Investigation, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba.


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