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Zachary A. Reese

Assistant Professor

Full-Time Faculty
Kalmanovitz Hall G43


Dr. Zachary Reese is a social psychologist with expertise in close relationships. His research team, the Love and Communication Lab, examines how people build and maintain meaningful relationships with others.

Outside of the lab, Dr. Reese is passionate about advancing initiatives related to Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ADEI). He is an organizer and principal investigator for USF's Moment to Movement: Anti-Racist Pedagogy Fellows Program, a program which won the USF Collective Achievement Prize in 2023. Professor Reese hails from southwestern Pennsylvania but proudly considers many places home, including Baltimore, MD; Ann Arbor, MI; Austin, TX; and, as of 2022, San Francisco, CA.


  • Social psychology
  • Teaching and learning psychology
  • Anti-racism
  • Building close relationships

Research Areas

  • Personality and individual differences
  • Close relationships
  • Competition and social comparison


  • Organizer, Moment to Movement Anti-Racist Pedagogy Fellows Program
  • Board Member, African-American Studies Minor
  • Faculty Advisor, Psychology Student Association


  • University of Michigan, PhD in Psychology, 2022
  • University of Michigan, MSc in Psychology, 2018
  • Goucher College, BA in Psychology, 2016

Awards & Distinctions

  • University of San Francisco Collective Achievement Award, 2023

  • Loyola Marymount University OER for Social Justice Grant, 2023

  • J. Frank Yates Preparation Initiative Advocacy Award, 2023

  • University of Michigan Teaching Innovation Prize, 2021

  • University of Michigan Excellence in Mentoring Award, 2021

Selected Publications