LELAND STANFORD JUNIOR UNIVERSITY, THE
Political psychology is a thriving field of inquiry with roots in political science and connections to a range of other social sciences. Political psychologists attempt to understand the psychological underpinnings, roots, and consequences of political behavior. Some of this work attempts to understand political phenomena by applying and enhancing theories developed through research done in psychological laboratories. Findings regarding mediation and moderation of real-world effects have often led to extensions and revisions of political and psychological theories. Other political psychology involves the development of completely new theory to provide psychological accounts of political phenomena, thus contributing to basic understanding of how the mind works in the important context of politics.
Political psychology research explores many specific topics of great importance. For example, in the book Political Psychology (Hermann, 1986), chapter topics include terrorism, political leadership, international conflict resolution, development of new politics systems, social protest movements, political socialization, biopolitics, and public opinion. In the Handbook of Political Psychology (Sears, Huddy, and Jervis, 2003), chapter topics include genocide, foreign policy, international relations, international conflict resolution, elite political rhetoric, collective political protest, democratic citizenship, evolutionary theory, childhood and adult development of political thinking, social group identity, and more.
The Stanford Summer Institute in Political Psychology (SIPP) is a three-week program designed to advance the research capabilities of graduate students, faculty, and professionals from around the world. The Summer Institute offers a broad and intensified training experience to complement the classroom training that is usually available at graduate institutions. By bringing together a large set of faculty offering lectures on a diverse set of topics, SIPP exposes participants to (a) a broad range of research literature in political psychology, (b) the research styles and approaches of an array of scholars working in political psychology, and (c) training in the varied set of research methods employed by political psychologists. SIPP also creates inter-disciplinary networks among the participants to support their on-going research efforts and cement their long-term commitments to social science scholarship.