James Wages, Ph.D.

Social Psychologist



As a first-generation college student from a low-income background, James is passionate about the promise of higher education to promote upward social mobility, equity, and enlightenment. He seeks to inspire students to grow and learn through engaging, supportive, and inclusive college teaching. James is currently teaching or interested in teaching Research Methods and Laboratory, Developmental Psychology, History and Systems of Psychology, and Social Psychology.

Research Methods and Laboratory

University of Central Arkansas

Dr. Wages teaches research methods to grant students an opportunity to apply the scientific method to a real psychological research question from study design and construction to data collection and analysis to presentation of study results.

Developmental Psychology

University of Central Arkansas

In this course, Dr. Wages focuses on the psychological (biological, cognitive, and social) development of newborns to late adolescents. Dr. Wages gives special attention to the sociocultural context of human development.

History and Systems of Psychology

University of Central Arkansas

In this course, Dr. Wages focuses on (a) the historical contexts that shape modern psychology, (b) critical evaluation of modern debates in psychology, and (c) the reciprocal nature of how such debates shape the history of psychology and vice versa.

Social Psychology

University of Central Arkansas

This course provides an introduction to the scientific study of how humans think about, feel toward, and interact with others, including the dynamic contexts that influence these processes.