Prof. Dr. Susanne Bruckmüller

Prof. Dr. Susanne Bruckmüller


Department of Psychology
Chair of Social Psychology with special reference to gender and diversity (Prof. Dr. Bruckmüller)

Room: Room 02.214-2
Nägelsbachstr. 49b
91052 Erlangen

Research Interests (see also “Research” )

  • Social cognition and communication (esp. framing effects, comparisons, explanations, metaphors)
  • Social inequality (e.g., based on gender, socio-economic status, ethnicity)
  • Content asymmetries in social perception and judgment

Curriculum Vitae

  • since 09/17  Professor of Social Psychology, Gender, and Diversity, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (full professor and chair)
  • 2013 – 2017   Junior Professor of Social Psychology, University of Koblenz-Landau
  • 02/15 – 09/15   Materinity leave/ parental time
  • 03/2014   Research stay at KU Leuven, Belgien (funded by European Social Cognition Network 2)
  • 2012 – 2013   Pos Doc, University of Exeter, UK
  • 2011   PhD in Psychology, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg
    Dissertation: “Implicit normativity in intergroup comparisons: The cultural reproduction of status inequalities via the comparative framing of differences”; full text available here:
  • 2008 – 2012  Research and Teaching Associate (“Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin”), Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
  • 2009   Research stay at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Sopot, Poland
  • 2008   Diploma in Psychology, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • 2007   Master in Psychology, University of Kansas, USA

Awards and Scholarships

  • 2018   Teaching award of the  “FSI Psychology”(student organization) of the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • 2017   Teaching award of the Department of Psychology of the University of Koblenz-Landau
  • 2014   Heinz-Heckhausen-Junior Researcher Award of the German Psychological Society (DGPs)
  • 2013   Joachim Matthes and Walter Toman-Prize of Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (dissertation award for the Social Sciences)
  • 2004 – 2007   Stipend of the “Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes” (German Academic Scholarship Foundation)

Grants and Research Networks

Zentrale Publikationen

For a complete list, please see here: publications.

  • Braun, M., Martiny, S., Bruckmüller, S. (2022). From serial reproduction to serial communication: transmission of the focus of comparison in lay communication about gender inequality. In: Human Communication Research (2022).
  • Ehrke, F., Bruckmüller, S., & Steffens, M. (2020). A double-edged sword: How social diversity affects trust in representatives via perceived competence and warmth. European Journal of Social Psychology, 50, 1540-1554.
  • Bruckmüller, S., & Braun, M. (2020). One group’s advantage or another’s disadvantage? How comparative framing shapes explanations of, and reactions to, workplace gender inequality. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 39(4), 456-474.
  • Bruckmüller, S., Hegarty, P., Teigen, K.-H., Boehm, G., & Luminet, O. (2017). When do past events require explanation? Insights from social psychology. Memory Studies , 10, 261 – 273. doi: 10.1177/1750698017701607
  • Bruckmüller, S., Reese, G., & Martiny, S. E. (2017). Is higher inequality less legitimate? Depends on how you frame it. British Journal of Social Psychology. Online veröffentlicht am 25.5.2017. doi: 10.1111/bjso.12202
  • Hoorens, V. & Bruckmüller, S. (2015). Less is more? Think again! A cognitive fluency – based more – less asymmetry in comparative communication. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 109 , 753 – 766. doi: 10.1037/pspa0000032
  • Bruckmüller, S. (2013). Singled out as “the effect to be explained”: Implications for collective self – esteem. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39, 237 – 249.
  • Hegarty, P. J., & Bruckmüller, S. (2013). Asymmetric explanations of group differences: Experimental evidence of Foucault’s disciplinary power. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 7, 176 – 186.
  • Abele, A.E., & Bruckmüller, S. (2011).The bigger one of the “Big Two”? Preferential processing of communal information. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 935 – 948.
  • Bruckmüller, S., & Branscombe, N.R. (2010). When and why does the glass cliff in leader selection occur? The role of gender stereotypes. British Journal of Social Psychology, 49, 433 – 451.