Faculty Research Speaker Series

Linda Skitka

Professor of Psychology and Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago

Understanding the Motivational Underpinnings of Morally Motivated Political Engagement

April 5, 2019, 12:00 p.m.

LINDA J. SKITKA is a professor and associate department head at the University of Illinois at Chicago, with an additional courtesy appointment in political science. 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. In addition to her work on these substantive issues, Dr. Skitka has an active interest in a variety of meta-scientific questions about how researchers do science, including the replicability and status of our science debate, best research practices, as well as examining factors that may contribute to a gender gap in eminence in psychology. Dr. Skitka’s research has been supported by research grants from theNational Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Templeton Foundation, and shefrequently 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 considerable press attention, including being featured in (for example) the New York Times, Mother Jones, theDaily Beast, National Public Radio, Science Magazine, and Huffington Post.