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Friday, October 5, 2012

Anxious Politics

We are excited to announce the launch of a new invited speaker series and inter-disciplinary scholarly community: The Working Group in Political Psychology and Behavior (WogPoP). Our motivation is to bring together a diverse and friendly community of scholars whose work relates to political behavior and psychology but for whom a strong cross-disciplinary venue for dialogue has so far been missing.

Topics such as identity politics, ethnic fractionalization, voting behavior, partisan identity, and corruption (to name just a few) are frequently addressed by scholars from American politics, comparative politics, public policy, social psychology, sociology and economics. We hope to provide this wide-ranging group of scholars, whose work shares a common denominator, an inter-disciplinary 'home' at this speaker series.

The faculty committee behind this initiative is diverse and committed to bridging disciplinary divides. Headed by Ryan Enos (Government, American Politics), the committee consists of Jim Sidanius (Social Psychology), Todd Rogers (HKS), Nahomi Ichino (Government, Comparative Politics) and Matthew Baum (HKS).

The speaker series will meet every other Friday during term. The list of events for this term is:

9/21 George Marcus (Political Science, Williams College). Title: "Tactical and Strategic Political Judgment: The Roles of Affective Intelligence, Personality, Political Convictions, and Context"

10/5 Shana Gadarian (Political Science, Syracuse University) Title: "Anxious Politics"

10/19 Ana De La O (Political Science, Yale University)

11/2 Jaime Napier (Social Psychology, Yale University)

11/16 Graduate student session

11/30 Daniel Hidalgo (Political Science, MIT)

In the spring term we will hear, among others, from Shanto Iyengar (Political Science, Stanford University) and Bertram Gawronski (Social Psychology, University of Western Ontario). Each term, there will also be a graduate student session, devoted to short presentations by graduate students and providing an opportunity for varied and inter-disciplinary feedback on works-in-progress.

All meetings will be held Fridays 12pm-1:30pm in CGIS K450. Lunch will be provided. If you would like to be added to the e-mail list, please contact Kris-Stella Trump (kstrump@fas.harvard.edu) or Anthony Fowler (fowler@fas.harvard.edu).

Everyone is welcome to attend. Please circulate this message to others who may find the series interesting.

  • Location:
    CGIS K450
  • Date:
    Friday, October 5, 2012
  • Time:
    12:00 PM

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