Posted by: ISPP JSC | March 4, 2010

The Junior Scholars Blog is…

Welcome to the ISPP Junior Scholar Blog! As your current JSC, we feel that ISPP is a welcome environment in which to bridge the political science and psychology disciplines to tackle world issues facing us today. We hope that the JSC is the bridge from bright-eyed exuberance to more experienced know-how and finesse. The JSC is one way for junior scholars to make world-wide connections to peers and mentors alike in the world of academia as well as in the world of policy and research. Among other things, the JSC disseminates information regarding political psychology resources, facilitates communication and the exchange of ideas among junior scholars and between junior scholars and mentors, and provides funding opportunities that may allow junior scholars to attend the annual ISPP conference. We hope that with the Junior Scholars Committee and through this blog we con contribute by providing a place to form and inform future scientists in political psychology engaging in discussions, feedback and exchange.

We definitely feel that this blog is an exciting opportunity for the junior scholar membership to connect throughout the year. And, we want to hear from you on this blog. We’re looking for posts from junior scholars who might want feedback on a manuscript, requests for collaborations, or suggestions on life as a junior scholar (e.g., work-life balance, recommended software, etc.). Get to know your current Junior Scholar Committee Members and what we’re up to below. We hope to hear from you at ispp(dot)juniorscholars(at)gmail(dot)com.

Junior Scholars Committee Members (July 2009-July 2010)

Janice Adelman. Present role: chair. Janice is a Ph.D. candidate in applied social psychology at Claremont Graduate University. Her research interests focus on factors of support for political violence in such places as Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Iraq, Sri Lanka, and elsewhere.

Miriam Matthews. Present role: chair-elect. Miriam is currently a doctoral candidate at Claremont Graduate University, and her research focuses on the impact that events like September 11, the Iraq war, and the current economic crisis have on ideological attitudes and intergroup perceptions.

Boris Bizumic. Present role: web blog co-administrator. Boris is currently lecturing social and personality psychology at the Australian National University. His main research areas include ethnocentrism, prejudice, authoritarianism, narcissism and closed-mindedness. In particular, he is interested in investigating the relationship and interactions between different group level and individual difference variables.

Erin Cassese. Present role: newsletter co-editor. Erin is an Assistant Professor of political science at West Virginia University. She received her Ph.D. from Stony Brook University in 2007. Her research focuses on public opinion and political behavior in the American political context.

Neda Kerimi. Present role: web resources. Neda is a Ph.D. student at Stockholm University in the Department of Psychology. Her research is on decision making and voting systems.

Phillip Hammack. Present role: mentorship co-coordinator. Phil is an assistant professor at UC Santa Cruz. His research broadly investigates identity development in cultural, social, and political contexts. He is currently engaged in two active research programs: 1) narrative, identity, and political conflict and 2) sexual identity and society.

Jolanda van der Noll. Present role: newsletter co-editor. Jolanda is a Ph.D. fellow at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) in Germany and my project deals with the interaction of attitudes towards Muslims, perceptions of threat and value orientations in explaining support for Muslims’ religious rights in Western Europe.

Johanna Ray Vollhardt. Present role: mentorship co-coordinator. Johanna is an assistant professor at Clark University at Worcester, MA. Her research focuses on the psychological impact of group-based victimization on people’s social identity and their relations with members of other groups. She is interested in the underlying social psychological processes and conditions that give rise to constructive, rather than destructive outcomes of the experience of victimization.

Chris Weber. Present role: web blog co-administrator. Chris is an assistant professor at Louisiana State University. He studies political psychology, communications, and electoral behavior. His current work focuses on how emotions influence political behavior and judgment. In addition, Dr. Weber has interests in quantitative methods, specifically pertaining to experimental design, measurement, and latent variable modeling.


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