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Christopher Federico

Christopher Federico on the Psychology of Political Behavior: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #53

Listen to an interview with Christopher Federico, a political psychologist with joint appointments in psychology and political science at the University of Minnesota. We talk about a new paper in which he and Ari Malka argue that people do not simply become liberal or conservative based on the strength of their psychological needs for security and certainty.

diversity

‘Viewpoint Diversity’ is About Much More than Politics

It is often said that the academy is dominated by the left. There is certainly a sense in which that is true. In terms of ideological self-identification, for instance, students, faculty and administrators trend decisively left (in ascending order of political homogeneity). However, this narrative is also a bit simplistic. First, because ideological self-identification is..

political dehumanization in American politics

Partisan Dehumanization in American Politics

Abstract: Despite evidence that dehumanizing language and metaphors are found in political discourse, extant research has largely overlooked whether voters dehumanize their political opponents. Research on dehumanization has tended to focus on racial and ethnic divisions in societies, rather than political divisions. Understanding dehumanization in political contexts is important because the social psychology literature links..

higher ed

Campus and Community III: Finding a Bit of Viewpoint Diversity in Higher Ed

Much of higher-education in the United States is dominated by politically active and overwhelmingly liberal college administrators – whose ranks are ever-growing, and influence ever-expanding. Yet even as warnings about the diminution of viewpoint diversity become louder, it is important to understanding where and why there are some schools that are not completely progressive in orientation. For..