Psychology and Politics
John T. Jost is Professor of Psychology and Politics and Co-Director of the Center for Social and Political Behavior at New York University. His research, which addresses stereotyping, prejudice, political ideology, and system justification theory, has been funded by the National Science Foundation and has appeared in top scientific journals and received national and international media attention. He has published over 120 journal articles and book chapters and four co-edited book volumes, including Social and Psychological Bases of Ideology and System Justification (Oxford, 2009). He has received numerous honors and awards, including the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize, Erik Erikson Award for Early Career Research Achievement in Political Psychology, International Society for Self and Identity Early Career Award, Society for Personality and Social Psychology Theoretical Innovation Prize, Society of Experimental Social Psychology Career Trajectory Award, and the Morton Deutsch Award for Distinguished Scholarly and Practical Contributions to Social Justice. He has served on several editorial boards and executive committees of professional societies and is currently editor of the Oxford University Press book series on Political Psychology. He is a Fellow of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology and the Association of Psychological Science.
Delia Baldassarri is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at New York University.She holds courtesy appointments in the Wilf Family Department of Politics and in the Management and Organizations Department at the Stern School of Business. Dr. Baldassarri earned a B.A. and a Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Research from the University of Trento, Italy (2003; 2006), and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University (2007). Previously, she started in 2007 as an Assistant Professor and later became an Associate Professor at Princeton University.
Dr. Baldassarri’s research interests are in the fields of Economic Sociology, Political Sociology, Social Networks, and Analytical Sociology. Her current research projects include a book project, Polarized Politics, Crosscutting People, that investigates the demographic and social network bases of partisanship in American public opinion, and a study on cooperation and economic development among farmer organizations in rural Uganda.
Dr. Baldassarri is the recipient of the Best Book in Political Science award from the Italian Political Science Association for The Simple Art of Voting, and has received awards from the American Sociological Association for her articles in the subfields of Mathematical Sociology, Collective Behavior and Social Movements, and Cultural Sociology. She has been a Fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation, and her work has appeared in many leading journals, among which the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, and American Journal of Political Science.
I'm an NYU faculty member in the Department of Politics, the Center for Experimental Social Science, and (with affiliated status) the Department of Psychology. I am also a member of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP), the Experiments in Governance and Politics (EGAP) research network, and various other professional associations in political science, psychology, and experimental economics.
My experimental research uses methods from all of these disciplines. Substantively, my recent experimental work has focused on the institutional foundations of legitimate authority and the effects of social identities on political cognition and political communication.
I also develop behavioral game-theoretic models of political phenomena, which explicitly incorporate insights from psychology into strategic settings. My recent work using these methods has particularly focused on the construction and contestation of identities through political processes, and the strategic advantages that can be conferred by identity attachments and irrational beliefs in behavioral equilibrium.
In addition to the time I spend at NYU, I have recently been a visiting researcher at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse.