Peter L. Callero

Professor of Sociology
Western Oregon University
Monmouth, Oregon 97361
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Peter Callero has been a professor of sociology at WOU since 1986. He regularly teaches the following courses: Contemporary Social Theory; Research Methods; Statistical Data Analysis; Self and Society; Deviant Behavior; and Community Organizing. Professor Callero’s research interests center on the problem of self-identity in modern society. He is currently investigating the relationship between particular social identities and the structure of political action.


Ph.D. Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1983.
M.A. Sociology, Western Washington University, 1979.
B.A. Sociology, Seattle University, 1977.



P.L. Callero.The Myth of Individualism: How Social Foces Shape Our Lives, 2nd Edition. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2013.

P.L. Callero. The Myth of Individualism: How Social Forces Shape Our Lives, 1st Edition. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2009.

J. A. Piliavin and P. L. Callero.Giving Blood: The Development of an Altruistic Identity. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991.

J. A. Howard and P. L. Callero (Eds.). The Self-Society Dynamic: Cognition, Emotion and Action. Cambridge University Press, 1991.

Jouranl Articles and Book Chapters

Callero, P.L. "Self, Identity, and Social Inequality", in Handbook of the Social Psychology of Inequality, Jane McLeod, Michael Schwalbe, and Ed Lawler (Eds.), Springer Press, 2013.

Callero, P.L. "Social Identity Theory", 562-563, in Blackwell Concise Encyclopedia of Sociology. George Ritzer and J. Micael Ryan (Eds.), Blackwell Publishing, 2011.

Callero, P.L. “Cultivating Public Sociology from the Classroom: The Case of a Student Organized Tenants Union” in Public Sociology: Research, Action and Change, Pine Forge Press (forthcomig).

Callero, P.L. "Introduction of Jane Allyn Piliavin: Recipient of the 2008 Cooley-Mead Award", Social Psychology Quarterly, 72, #3, 206-09, 2009.

Callero, P.L. "The Globalization of Self: Role and Identity Transformation from Above and Below", Sociology Compass, 2/6, 1972-88, 2008, Blackwell Publishing.

Callero, P.L. "Role Theory" in International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2nd edition. Macmillan Press, 2007.

Callero, P.L. "Social Identity Theory" in Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. George Ritzer (Ed.), Blackwell Publishing, 2006.

D. Braa and P.L. Callero "Critical Pedagogy and Classroom Praxis", Teaching Sociology 34, #4, 357-69, 2006.
[Reprinted in Critical Pedagogy in the Classroom, 2nd ed., Peter Kaufman (Ed.), American Sociological Association, 2006.]

P.J. Collier and P.L. Callero "Role Theory and Social Cognition: Learning to Think like a Recycler", Self and Identity, 4:45-58, 2005.

Callero, P.L. “The Political Self: Identity Resources for Radical Democracy”, Pp 57-70 in Advances in Identity Theory and Research, P.J. Burke, T.J. Owens, R.S. Serpe and P.A. Thoits (Eds.) Kluwer/Plenum Press, 2003.
[Chinese translation appears in Foreign Sociology, #6, 102, 2002.]

Callero, P.L. “The Sociology of the Self”, Annual Review of Sociology, 29:115-53, 2003.
[Reprinted in Structure and Agency, Vol. 1, 193-212, Mike O’Donnell, editor, Sage Publications, 2010]

J. Piliavin, P.L. Callero and J. Grube “Role as Resource for Action in Public Service” Journal of Social Issues, 58,3,469-485, 2002.

Callero, P.L. "Crisis and Reform in the Classroom." Social Psychology Newsletter, Fall 1998.

Callero, P.L. "Public Opinion vs. Public Good." The Bridge, 1996, 7, 5-6.

Callero, P.L. "Roles as Resources in a Prison Uprising". In Advances in Group Processes, B. Markovsky, K. Heimer, and J. O'Brien, (Eds.), JAI Press Inc., 1995.

Callero, P.L. "From Role-Playing to Role-Using: Understanding Role as Resource". Social Psychology Quarterly (Special Issue on Conceptualizing Structure), 1994, 57, 228-243.

Callero, P.L. "The Meaning of Self in Role: A Modified Measure of Role Identity". Social Forces, 1992, 71, 485-501.

Callero, P. L. "Toward a Sociology of Cognition". In The Self-Society Dynamic: Cognition, Emotion and Action, J. A. Howard and P. L. Callero (Eds.), Cambridge University Press, 1991.

Callero, P.L. "Conclusion: Conceptions of Society in Theories of Self and Social Cognition". In The Self-Society Dynamic: Cognition, Emotion and Action, J. A. Howard and P. L. Callero (Eds.), Cambridge University Press, 1991.

Callero, P. L. and J. A. Howard. "Biases of the Scientific Discourse on Human Sexuality". In Human Sexuality: The Societal and Interpersonal Context. K. McKinney and S. Sprecher (Eds.) Norwood, New Jersey: Ablex Publishing, 1989.

Charng, C., J. A. Piliavin, and P. L. Callero. "Role-Identity and Reasoned Action in the Prediction of Repeated Behavior". Social Psychology Quarterly, 1988, 51, 303-317.

Callero, P. L., J. A. Howard, and J. A. Piliavin. "Helping Behavior as Role Behavior: Disclosing Social Structure and History in the Analysis of Prosocial Action". Social Psychology Quarterly, 1987, 50, 247-256.

Callero, P. L. "Toward a Meadian Conceptualization of Role". Sociological Quarterly, 1986, 27, 343-358.

Callero, P. L. "Putting the Social in Prosocial Behavior: An Interactionist Approach to Altruism". Humboldt Journal of Social Relations, Special Issue: Altruism and Prosocial Behavior, 1986, 13, 15-32.

Callero, P. L., D. Baker, J. Carpenter, and J. Magarigal. "Fear of AIDS and its Effect on the Nation's Blood Supply". In The Social Dimensions of AIDS: Method and Theory. D. A. Feldman and T. M. Johnson (Eds.) New York: Praeger Publishers, 1986.

Callero, P. L. "Role-Identity Salience". Social Psychology Quarterly, 1985, 48, 203-214.

Piliavin, J. A., D. E. Evans, and P. L. Callero. "Learning to Give to 'Unnamed Strangers': The Process of Commitment to Regular Blood Donation. In E. Staub, D. Bar-Tal, J. Karylowski, and J. Reykowski (Eds.) The Development and Maintenance of Prosocial Behavior: International Perspectives. New York: Plenum Press, 1984.

Callero, P. L. and J. A. Piliavin. "Developing a Commitment to Blood Donation: The Impact of One's First Experience. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 1983, 43, 1200-1213.

Piliavin, J. A., P. L. Callero, and D. E. Evans. "Addiction to Altruism? Opponent Process Theory and Habitual Blood Donation". Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1982, 43, 1200-1213.

Book Reviews

The Struggle for the World: Liberation Movements for the 21st Century, by Charles Lindholm, Jose Pedro Zuquete, Stanford University Press. In Contemporary Sociology, April, 2011, 40, 3, 325-327.

Social Mindscapes: An Invitation to Cognitive Sociology. By Eviatar Zerubavel, in Symbolic Interaction, 22, 2, 1999.

The Power of Identity: Politics in a New Key. By Kenneth R. Hoover. Contemporary Sociology, 1999.

Philosophy, Social Theory, and the Thought of George Herbert Mead. Edited by Mitchell Aboulafia. Contemporary Psychology, 1992, 37, 862-63.

Language and Social Knowledge: Uncertainty in Interpersonal Relations. By C. R. Berger and J. L. Bradac. Contemporary Sociology, 1983, 12, 686.

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