Potential Experts

October 22, 2018

Jonathan Haidt

Jonathan is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He is a social psychologist who studies morality; his current research investigates how to apply moral psychology to improve the functioning of companies, universities, and other complex social systems.

Sean Stevens

I obtained my Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey – New Brunswick in 2013 and joined Heterodox Academy as Research Director in May of 2016. My research interests include how moral convictions produce motivated reasoning within the political domain, how this motivated reasoning can distort research in the social sciences, and how it can lead to political intolerance that creates obstacles to political compromise. I am also a member of the Best Practices in Science Movement, and work to promote scientific integrity practices in the social sciences.

Jolanda Jetten

Petronella Antonia Gerarda “Jolanda” Jetten is a Dutch social psychologist and a professor at the University of Queensland. She won the Spearman Medal in 2004 and was inducted into the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 2015. Her research concerns social identity, social groups, and group dynamics.

Matthew J. Hornsey

Since graduating in 1999 I have published over 130 papers, and in 2018 I was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Scientists in Australia. A problem that I have examined throughout my career is: “Why do people resist apparently reasonable messages?” I focus on the psychology of how feelings of mistrust and threat can lead people to reject messages. These insights are then translated into concrete and do-able strategies for overcoming defensiveness. Specific examples include ARC-funded research on (1) why people embrace or resist scientific messages about climate change, vaccination, evolution, and so forth, (2) how people respond to gestures of reconciliation from transgressor groups (particularly apologies), and (3) what drives defensiveness in the face of group criticism and recommendations for change.

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