Scott Plous holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University and is Professor of Psychology at Wesleyan University, where he teaches introductory and advanced courses in social psychology.
He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, and he has received several national awards, including the William James Book Award (for The Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making), the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize, and the Otto Klineberg Intercultural and International Relations Award. He has also received the American Psychological Foundation's Award for Distinguished Teaching and been named "Connecticut Professor of the Year" by the Carnegie Foundation and Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
Currently, Professor Plous serves as Executive Director of Social Psychology Network (SocialPsychology.org), a nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to promote peace, social justice, and sustainable living through public education, research, and the advancement of psychology.
In 2014 BBC wrote an article on Plous' online course in social psychology, believed to be the world's most popular course at the time, with 260,000 students.