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Scott Allison is Professor of Psychology at the University of Richmond. His research program focuses on human belief systems about heroes, villains, legends, leaders, underdogs, and martyrs. He has served on the editorial boards of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice. He has published nearly 100 articles and two book on heroes with George Goethals: (1) Heroes, What They Do & Why We Need Them, published in 2011 by Oxford University Press, and (2) Heroic Leadership: A Taxonomy of 100 Exceptional Individuals, published by Routledge in 2013. His work has been featured in media outlets such as National Public Radio, USA Today, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Slate Magazine, MSNBC, CBS, and the Christian Science Monitor. He is the recipient of the University of Richmond's Distinguished Educator Award and the Virginia Council of Higher Education's Outstanding Faculty Award.