Most of John’s work focuses on the theoretical and empirical implications of system justification theory. He is also interested in the underlying cognitive and motivational differences between liberals and conservatives.
Mark is interested in political psychology, intergroup relations, and sexuality. He is currently completing an NSF-funded postdoc examining when and why sexual minorities either challenge or justify heterosexist social systems, including factors such as political ideology, religiosity, system-justifying stereotypes, sexual identity, and well-being.
Vivienne is interested in the cross-cultural implications and applications of system justification theory, specifically in the Middle East and the Arab region, and the pathways and factors in play between motivation for system justification and collective action. She is also interested in addressing the nuances of religious and political ideology in culture-specific contexts.
Sarah's research interests include precarious manhood beliefs and behaviors and the relationship between precarious manhood and political ideology.
Shahrzad is interested in how system-justifying beliefs and political ideology shape perceptions of inequality and reactions to disadvantaged targets.
Melanie is interested in how underlying needs give rise to ideological differences and motivate positions on particular issues and behavior.
Joanna’s research focuses on conceptions of ideology, ideological identification, and inter-party communication.
Susanna is interested in social systems, stereotypes, intersectionality, group-based identities (i.e., gender, race, social class, political ideology, etc.), and justifications of inequalities.
Director of Behavioral Science and Assessment
Irina works at the intersection of science and policy on issues of environmental and social sustainability.
Assistant Professor of Applied Psychology
Steinhardt School of Culture, Development, & Education, New York University
Erin looks at how individuals interact with, understand, and are influenced by the social, economic and political systems in which they are embedded, both in the United States and internationally.
Department of Psychological Sciences Purdue University
Erin’s research investigates the influence of cognitive and motivated biases on processing of sociopolitical information.
Associate Professor of Management and Associate Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience
Aaron’s research centers on the application of social cognitive and social psychological theories, principles and processes to the understanding of individual and societal motivations, beliefs and behaviors.
Margarita’s research explored how belief systems structure our mental representations of the world, infuse our lives with meaning, and help guide our behavior.
Department of Psychology
University of California, Davis
Alison is interested in attitudes, social influence, and identity symbols.
Department of Education & Psychology
Ido is interested in the motivational and cognitive underpinnings of system justification tendencies.
Assistant Professor of Quantitative Criminology
University of Essex, United Kingdom
Tali’s research looks at how people’s perceptions of what is fair affect their perceptions of and reactions to social, legal, political, and public policy issues.
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Stony Brook University
Hannah is interested in the psychological mechanisms and motivations that underlie both resistance to and support for change.
Department of Psychology
NYU Abu Dhabi
Jaime’s research focuses on the motivational underpinnings and the social and psychological consequences of belief systems, with a focus on political and religious ideologies.
Sharareh is interested in the behavioral and neural bases of moral-political attitudes and in interventions targeted at promoting global justice.
Ruthie’s research interests lie in the intersection of ideology and emotional processes, with a focus on emotion regulation, in intergroup relations and otherwise. She is also interested in psychological barriers to intergroup conflict resolution and the psychology of collective action.
Lindsay is interested in how the motivation to justify the extant social system influences how we perceive and respond to information.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
Chadly is interested in how a perceiver's political ideology influences social perception processes.
Department of Political Science
University of Iceland
Hulda’s research focuses on religion, morality, authority, and group dynamics.
Jojanneke van der Toorn
Associate Professor of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Utrecht University, the Netherlands
The research of Jojanneke van der Toorn mainly focuses on the social psychological mechanisms involved in how, why, and when people resist, provide support for, or directly engage in social change. She studies individuals' desires to change (vs. maintain) the status quo from a variety of angles, such as (1) the influence of structural factors, (2) the underlying motivational forces, and (3) the consequences for the self and society. In this, she is particularly interested in the active contributions of the disadvantaged to the maintenance of societal disparity. She demonstrated, for example, that a sense of dependence leads people to legitimize rather than challenge the structures of inequality that affect them, making them accomplices in their own subjugation.
Associate Professor of Management and Organization
Marshall School of Business
University of Southern California
Cheryl’s research looks at organizational decision-making, focusing on how proximity changes the way individuals represent information, thereby influencing judgment and behavior.