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James Cresswell, PhD

Professor of Psychology
Office Location
L2057
Phone number
+1 (403) 410-2000 ext. 6904

Biography

James (Jim) Cresswell has a deep commitment to education and enhancing the student experience.  The kinds of courses he teaches include ones about culture, immigration, and identities in an increasingly globalizing world.  Courses such as social psychology and interpersonal communication also fit within his repertoire.  Other teaching areas include child psychology and human development.  He loves to have students involved in the research and welcomes inquiries from people interested in working with him.
 
Jim’s research interests draw on many sources ranging from cultural psychology to cognitive science and literary theory.  In the fall of 2017, his book on the challenge of studying religion comes out under the title ‘Culture and the Cognitive Science of Religion’. He is also part of a large grant provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada: a multiparty effort at describing the role faith-based organizations play in the resettlement of newcomers to Canada.  One area of ongoing research is developing theory about the relationship between mind and culture, which can lead to exciting reconsideration of psychology as an art as much as a science.

Recent Peer Reviewed Presentations

Cresswell, J., & Sullivan, P. (2017, August). Theorizing Experience: Bakhtin’s Carnival, Eros, & Social

Constructionism. Paper presented at the International Society for Theory and Psychology.  Tokyo, Japan.

 

Sullivan, P., & Cresswell, J. (2017, August). Memories infused with Eros: The organization of memory as a novel.

Paper presented at the International Society for Theory and Psychology.  Tokyo, Japan.

 

Cresswell, J. (2017, June). Domination, Fetish, and Care: Dialogicality in Community-Based Research with

Refugees. Paper presented at the Canadian Psychological Association 78th Annual National Convention. Toronto, Ontario.

 

Howell, M. & Cresswell, J. (2017, June). Meeting the Challenge of Charting Community Development:

Opportunities for Intervention & Prevention in a Faith-Based Settlement. Poster
presented at the Canadian Psychological Association 78th Annual National Convention. Toronto, Ontario.

 

Cresswell, J. (2015, June). How to Have a Cognitive Science of Religion that Addresses Cultural Realities.  Paper

presented at the International Society for Theory and Psychology.  Coventry, England.

 

Cresswell, J. (2015, June). On being good researchers: Virtue, sympathetic co-experience and polyphonic

unmasking. Paper presented at the International Society for Theory and Psychology.  Coventry, England.

Education

B.A. (Honours) Psychology: U of Saskatchewan 1999
Ph.D. Social & Cultural Psychology: U of Alberta 2010

Select Publications

Murakami, K., Cresswell, J., Kono, T., & Zittoun, T. (Eds.) (2019) Ethos of Theorizing. Concord, Ontario: Captus Press.
Cresswell, J. (2018). Culture & the cognitive science of religion. New York: Routledge.
Sullivan, G.B., Cresswell, J., Ellis, B., Morgan, M., Schraube, E. (Eds.) (2017). Resistance and renewal in the history and future of theoretical psychology. Concord ON: Captus.
Cresswell, J., Haye, A., Larraín, A., Morgan, M. & Sullivan, G. (Eds.) (2015) Dialogue and Debate in the Making of Theoretical Psychology. Concord ON: Captus.
Cresswell, J. (in press). Culture, cognition, & the study of religious belief. In A. Rosa & J. Valsiner (Eds.). The Cambridge handbook of social-cultural psychology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Cresswell J., & Baerveldt, C. (2016). On being good researchers: Virtue, sympathetic co-experience and polyphonic unmasking. In T. Corcoran & J. Cromby (Eds.) Joint Action: Essays in honour of John Shotter (pp. 102-119). Flourance: Routledge.
Caye, A., Larraín, A., & Cresswell, J. (2015). Trust, suspicion and dialogue in the making of theoretical psychology. In J. Cresswell, A. Larraín, A. Haye, M. Morgan, & G. Sullivan (Eds.) Dialogue and Debate in the Making of Theoretical Psychology.
Friesen, D., Duek, K., Gass, C., & Cresswell, J. (in press). Review Essay: Extraordinary Conditions: Culture and Experience in Mental Illness. European Legacy.
Shor, I., Matusov, E., Marjanovic-Shane, A., & Cresswell, J. (2017). Dialogic and critical pedagogies: An interview with Ira Shor. Dialogic Pedagogy Journal, 5, 1-21.
Cresswell, J. & Curtis, E. (2017). Discussing Moral Goods & Confronting Research Fetish: Review of Chirkov’s (2016) “Fundamentals of Research on Culture and Psychology: Theory and Methods”. Culture & Psychology.
Cresswell, J., Wagoner, B., Hayes, A., (2017) Rediscovering James’ Principles of Psychology, New Ideas in Psychology, 46, 1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.newideapsych.2017.03.001.
Yonker, J., Edman, L., Cresswell, J., & Barrett, J. (2016). Primed Analytic Thought and Religiosity: The Importance of Individual Characteristics. Journal of Religion and Spirituality. On-line pre-print doi: 10.1037/rel0000095
Cresswell, J. (2016). Editorial: Disengagement, pedagogical eros and (the undoing of?) Dialogic pedagogy. Dialogic Pedagogy Journal, 4, 27-46. Doi: 10.5195/dpj.2016.182