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United States
University of Illinois at Chicago
Ideological differences; ideological disagreements; moral politics; procedural justice; distributive justice
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About Me

LINDA J. SKITKA is a professor of psychology, the associate department head, and the social/personality program head at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989, worked at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville from 1989 to 1994, and has been at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 1994 until the present. Her research interests bridge a number of areas of inquiry including social, political, and moral psychology. Her many academic publications cover topics such as the psychological foundations and consequences of moral conviction, how attitudes rooted in moral convictions differ in consequence and kind from otherwise strong but non-moral attitudes, people’s everyday moral and immoral experiences, the psychological underpinnings of the left-right political divide, political intolerance, reactions to terrorism, distributive and procedural justice, and automation bias. Dr. Skitka’s research has been supported by research grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and she frequently presents her research at national and international conferences (recent examples include the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, International Society for Political Psychology,International Society for Justice Research, and Asian Social Psychological Association). In addition to being published in the top-tier journals of social and political psychology, Dr. Skitka’s research has also received press attention, including being featured in (for example) the New York Times, Mother Jones, the Daily Beast, National Public RadioScience Magazine, and Huffington Post.
Dr. Skitka is currently an associate editor for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Attitudes and Social Cognition, and a consulting editor for Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Political Psychology, Social Justice Research, Political Psychology, Basic and Applied Social Psychology, and Psychological Science. She is an executive committee member of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, a past president of the International Society for Justice Research, and Chairperson of the Consortium for Social Psychological and Personality Science, a joint venture of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, the Association for Research in Personality, the European Society for Social Psychology, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, created to launch the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, now the major short reports journal for social and personality psychology. She has served as a National Science Foundation review panel member and on the Committee of Visitors for the National Science Foundation.

Recent Publications

Skitka, L. J., & Washburn, A. N. (2016). Are conservatives from Mars and liberals from Venus? Maybe not so much.  In P. Valdesolo & J. Graham (Eds.), Social psychology of political polarization, New York, NY: Routlege.

Skitka, L. J., Bauman, C. W., & Mullen, E. (2016). Morality and justice. In C. Sabbagh & M. Schmitt (Eds.), Handbook of social justice theory and research (pp. 407 – 423). Springer Press.

Brandt, M. J., Wisneski, D. C., & Skitka, L. J. (2015). Moralization and the 2012 presidential election campaign. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 3, 211 – 237.

Hofmann, W., Wisneski, D. C., Brandt, M. J., & Skitka, L. J. (2015). Two questions, two answers: Response to comment on “Morality in Everyday Life.” Science, 348(6236),767.

Media Coverage

Surprise: Liberals are just as morally righteous as conservatives– Mother Jones <link>

The bias trap: Are we all just a bunch of motivated reasoners? The <link>

It’s official: Religious doesn’t make you more moral– The Daily Beast<link>

Smartphone app takes morality science out of the lab and into the real world– Scientific American <link>

Bridging the compassion gap, The New York Times <link>

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