ISPP JSC Newsletter Spring 2015
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ISPP Junior Scholars Committee
Newsletter Spring 2015 

The ISPP Junior Scholars Committee (JSC) gives vioce and visibility to the needs and interests of graduate students, junior faculty, and other early career scholars within ISPP. A Junior Scholar is defined as a graduate student or person within eight years of having earned their degree. The JSC's goals include providing information and assistance to junior scholars' efforts to conduct political psychology research, helping them to develop their careers, and supporting their attendance at the ISPP annual meetings. 

Table of Contents 


Junior Scholars Roundtables
Mentoring Luncheon



Conducting Well-Founded Studies in Politics and Psychology 
by Emre Erdoğan
Prioritizing You: A Few Tips for Tenure
by Beth Miller Vonnahme

Axel Burger




JSC Web Resources
News from the Junior Scholars Blog

2014 - 2015 JSC

Committee Chair:
Laura K. Taylor
Queen's University, Belfast

Committee Chair-Elect:
Sanne Rijkhoff 
Washington State University, USA

Mentorship Program
Stavroula Chrona
University of Surrey, UK

Gary Smith
University of Central Florida, USA

Professional Development
Gizem Arıkan
Yasar University, Izmir

Emma O'Dwyer
Kingston University, UK

Blog and Web Resources
Shelley McKeown
University of Bristol, UK

Kanica Rakhra,  
Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Newsletter Co-Editors

Elif Sandal Önal
Istanbul Bilgi University,

Dana Townsend

University of Notre Dame, 

We'd love to hear from you!

Chair's Address

Greetings from the Junior Scholars Committee (JSC)! We look forward to meeting you at this year’s annual meeting in sunny San Diego. Having lived in that city for four years, I cannot say enough about how beautiful the beaches are, how delicious the food is, and how much you’ll enjoy the weather! It’s like paradise on earth. Oh, and the conference will be wonderful too!
In fact, this year the JSC has arranged a number of key events that will promote emerging scholars and enhance networking opportunities for those who are able to attend. In fact, we are hoping to make it even easier to attend with the 
2015 JSC Travel Grant Program. Please consider applying to this before the April 15 deadline.
In addition, with registration now open, you should take full advantage and get to the front of the line for the JSC Mentoring Luncheon. Expanded last year in Rome, registration for this JSC event is on a first-come, first-serve basis. At the luncheon, you will be paired with an experienced ISPP mentor, along with 2-3 other junior scholars. The aim is to provide the opportunity to ask lots of questions and strengthen your own ISPP network. In addition, we hope you ALL join us for the JSC Networking Social Hour; this is an opportunity to see old friends, make new connections, and establish a broader base among the emerging scholars in ISPP.
During the conference, we hope you will attend the two JSC Roundtable Discussions. The first captures the vital nature of ISPP itself, and is focused on interdisciplinary research. Experts will discuss how to establish partnerships and seek funders for this collaborative approach to advancing knowledge. The second is aimed at those emerging scholars who are looking ahead to promotion and advancement in their careers. The panelists will identify ways to overcome challenges to professional development once in full-time work.
Finally, we hope you will consider applying to be a member of the 2015-2016 JSC. We have open positions in each of the areas: mentoring program coordinator, newsletter editor, professional development coordinator, blog and web resources coordinators, and a chair-elect. For more information about the application procedure, please take a look at the relevant section in this newsletter and follow our blog.
We are thankful to the special contributors in the Spring Newsletter, and look forward to highlighting more good work in the years to come.
If you have any comments, suggestions, or questions please contact us at
We look forward to seeing you in San Diego!

Laura K. Taylor
Queen’s University, Belfast
JSC Chair 2014-2015


San Diego, California USA

Junior Scholars Roundtables 

At the annual meeting taking place this year in San Diego, USA, the Junior Scholars Committee will host two roundtables. These roundtables will address two themes, which will hopefully be of great interest and use to junior scholars – ‘Challenges of the Post-PhD Career’ and ‘Doing Interdisciplinary Research in Political Psychology’. We hope that these sessions will provide a space for junior scholars to discuss these important issues with more established academics, and gain practical advice on issues related to professional development and research practice. We welcome junior scholars to attend and participate in these sessions, along with our invited academics.

Challenges of the Post-PhD Career

 Junior scholars who have just got into or about to take post-doctoral or faculty positions usually struggle with issues such as maintaining a work-life balance, getting publications, applying for research funds, engaging in research collaborations and balancing publishing with teaching and service as well as accommodating priorities according to the demands or expectations of their positions. This interactive roundtable aims to provide Junior Scholars with practical insight into the issues surrounding the process of becoming a tenured or permanent member of academic staff. Graduate students would also like to gain some insights into what is waiting ahead in their post-PhD careers so that they know what to expect or bargain for when accepting post-doctoral, tenure-track or similar positions.

Doing Interdisciplinary Research in Political Psychology

Political Psychology, by its nature, is an interdisciplinary research endeavour, and collaborations between political psychology scholars and scholars in other fields are not uncommon. Yet, interdisciplinary research presents a number of challenges, especially for young scholars who, due to pressures to publish, may be motivated to focus on narrow issues and so not find the time to consider topics that cross borders with fields such as economy, anthropology, sociology and social work, linguistics, neuroscience, and philosophy. This interactive roundtable aims to address some of the questions and issues that are relevant for junior political psychologists interested in conducting interdisciplinary research.  Questions to be addressed may include: how should one find and engage with collaborators across disciplinary borders?  What conceptual and theoretical challenges may arise and how should one deal with them? How might methodological and practical issues manifest, and how can they be managed? Are there any specific problems with interdisciplinary research in terms of identifying publishing outlets and funding sources? Interdisciplinary research is increasingly valued by the organisations which fund academic research; this session aims to consider some of the challenges, issues and benefits associated with it.

These roundtables are being organized by the JSC Professional Development Co-Chairs Emma O’Dwyer and Gizem Arikan. Established scholars will be invited speak and share their experiences on the above issues. We would like to encourage all junior scholars to join and participate in these roundtables. Furthermore, to make the roundtables tailored to the interests of junior scholars, we invite you to email your questions and concerns with regards to the themes of the roundtables and let us know about what you would like to see addressed during the meetings. You are welcome to send your emails to JSC Professional Development Co-Chairs Emma O’Dwyer ( and Gizem Arikan ( Further information in relation to the time and location of these roundtables will be available on JSC page of the ISPP website soon.

Emma O’Dwyer
Gizem Arikan

2014-2015 JSC Professional Development

Mentoring Luncheon 

Join us for this year's Mentoring Luncheon in San Diego, California! The Mentoring Luncheon is a way for junior scholars to sit together with mentors in their area of interest and discuss a variety of topics that could include: career advice, research methods, and hot topics in the field. The luncheon is free of charge. However, there are only 75 slots available, so be sure to sign up when you register for ISPP 2015! Slots will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. This event is an incredible opportunity for junior scholars to meet with big names in the field of political psychology. 

If you have any questions, please reach out to Gary Smith and Stavroula Chrona at! 

Are you a senior scholar interested in serving as a mentor? Please contact Gary Smith and Stavroula Chrona at to sign up. 

Gary Smith 
Stavroula Chrona

2014-2015 JSC Mentorship Program 


The call for fellows applications of the ISPP Summer Academy 2015 is now open. This year the ISPP Summer Academy will take place on June 30th – July 2nd 2015 at the Omni San Diego Hotel, in San Diego (CA, USA), the three days prior to the ISPP International conference which takes place at the same location.

Every year a new program is designed for scholars who are likely to teach political psychology and/or conduct political psychology research in the future. The 2015 Summer Academy program hosts courses by prominent political psychology scholars. Fellows will attend 2.5 hour long course lectures and have the opportunity to discuss their research agendas in smaller breakout groups. They will also be invited to take part in a number of social activities with other fellows and instructors. More information about the 2015 program is available on the 

Fellows will receive a full fee waiver for the 2015 ISPP annual meeting and free ISPP membership for one year. Also a small number of travel scholarships will be available to academic applicants who do not receive financial support from other sources to attend the ISPP Summer Academy. 

The deadline for applications submission is April 1st 2015. More information on how to apply for the 2015 program is
 available online




Conducting Well-Founded Studies
in Politics and Psychology

By Emre Erdoğan
Istanbul Bilgi University
My career started as an interviewer when I was a senior student in the prestigious political sciences department of Boğaziçi University. Professor Yılmaz Esmer, a prominent scholar in the field of public opinion polling, member of the Executive Committee of the World Values Survey Association and longtime friend of Ronald Inglehart, allowed me to attend his seminar course with a small prerequisite: joining a team of interviewers to conduct a public opinion survey about religious attitudes of citizens in Konya, the most religious city of Turkey. My short adventure in Konya as an interviewer - I conducted 24 interviews in three days - was sufficient to convince me to spend the rest of my life asking questions to people I would never meet again. Similar to Newton, I felt myself “playing on the sea shore, and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me”;  with a small difference: My shells were opinions of individuals. Every interview I completed was a discovery trip to unknown seas of public opinion, and both commonalities and exceptions were equally exciting for me. In each interview, putting a brick and building a concrete palace in the Ultima Thule was just a matter of time for me.

It has been about 20 years after my first interview with a very religious lady in Konya, and my desire to build my palace doesn’t seem possible anymore. During my career, I did not only act as a practitioner of public opinion polling, I had the opportunity to teach a series of social statistics and research method courses in the prominent universities of Turkey at undergraduate and graduate levels. This allowed me to allocate a significant portion of my time for tutoring students, conducting academic works and publishing about public opinion and foreign policy, political participation, social capital and similar themes in the field of political science.

Both my practice in the field and what I learned from my rapidly transformed discipline clearly showed me that building a palace by using sand bricks was impossible. I personally observed and theoretically confirmed that citizens’ opinion is not more bubbles flowing in the air, and what we could grasp through field research is only a shadow of what they have in their mind. Moreover, in the majority of cases, we were in charge of building opinions by asking questions. Public opinion polls and other field surveys are good at collecting information that researchers want to collect; but they cannot put a light into the darkness of uncertainty.

When I became familiar with works of Cannell, Tourengau, Kahnemann, Tversky, Lodge, Taber, and other scholars; I realized that answers obtained through survey research are constructed within milliseconds and they are highly distorted in every possible way, by innumerable factors from social pressures to question wording. And, I also observed that meaningless discussion about sampling error - if your sample is not probabilistic, you cannot talk about margin of error - was much more salient for those are interested in conducting surveys. Other types of error, such as reporting, framing or nonresponse are generally undermined by both academicians and practitioners. Almost every academic piece allocates a specific paragraph to discuss margin of error of the sampling framework; but discussions about how topology of the questionnaire affected responses of participants is hard to come by.

My personal experience showed that other errors are much more severe than weirdly calculated margin of error, and it is almost impossible to prepare an error-free questionnaire. Each questionnaire is one of innumerable possible alternative questionnaires, and each of them are equally wrong. For a well-trained practitioner, the only solution is to minimize the number of errors and prevent obvious errors, as documented by Fowler and other scholars.

This complexity of response process attracted me to read everything I can in the field of cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience and political psychology; and this uneasy challenge didn’t change my pessimism about the possibility to grasp “real” opinions of citizens - because they don’t exist - but I’m convinced that collaboration between these fields can help us to reduce our error.

The newly emerging field of political psychology, attracting the brightest minds in the academy and becoming more and more interesting for other fields of social sciences, owes its success to enriching theoretical discussions about political animals called human beings with very well designed empirical works. Experiments, in the laboratory or in the field, are so elegant to attract jealousy of evolutionary biologists; instruments are so well designed that the most orthodox methodologists cannot find any mistake. Findings published in the most prestigious journals such as Nature of Science attract thousands of page views and they are the most popular memes in the cyberspace. But, the discipline has a weak point: empirical works are generally based on data collected with questionnaires, and these questionnaires are not without error. I know that the community of political psychology allocates significant resources to improve measurement quality in empirical works.

However I believe survey errors are relatively undermined in the field and requires more attention. For young scholars, improving their questionnaire will be as equally valuable as running complex statistical models. As W. James said “A chain is no stronger than its weakest link”, and our major data collection instruments, our questionnaires, are our weakest link.
Prioritizing You: A Few Tips for the Tenure

By Beth Miller Vonnahme
University of Missouri-Kansas City

It has been three (wonderful) years since I earned tenure. As such, I offer some advice for graduate students and those colleagues very early in the tenure cycle. These are tips I believe will ease the stress and uncertainty of the tenure process.
  1. Tenure expectations should be clear. Most universities have written tenure expectations at least at the department-level. Ideally, you should be offered a hard-copy of the tenure expectations during your job interview. If not, ask for a copy. Knowing what is expected can help you use your time effectively. Beyond the written tenure expectations, I recommend discussing tenure with senior faculty early and often. Keep in mind that tenured faculty retire, leave the university, and leave their leadership positions (i.e., Department Chair or Chair of the Tenure and Promotion Committee), so talk to as many faculty as possible.  
  1. Prioritize your time. Your research time is valuable. If you do not treat your research time as a priority, no one else will either. This is especially true during the summer. Most faculty are on a 9-month contract. This means that summers are your time to focus on your research and should not be monopolized by service/teaching responsibilities.
  1. Prioritize your research. Many of us have a bit of a perfectionist streak (however small), so prioritizing research can mean deprioritizing other aspects of the job (i.e., teaching and service). This can be difficult. We want to be an award-winning teacher and a valued colleague in addition to an outstanding researcher. Unfortunately, there are not enough hours in the day (if you need to sleep at some point) to be outstanding at every aspect of the job. Keep in mind that at many universities, stellar service and top-notch teaching will not compensate for a lack of research productivity. Tenure ensures you can become a wonderful teacher and a highly-valued colleague.
  1. Publishing articles is a lengthy process. One aspect of publishing that can come as a surprise is the time it takes to get an article or book published. While you can control how quickly you get a paper written and out for review, you cannot control the time it takes: 1. the editor to assign reviewers, 2. reviewers to send their feedback, 3. the editor to make a decision, 4. the extent of needed revisions, and 5. acceptance. If the paper is accepted at the first journal, the process may take only 12 months. If the paper is sent to more than one journal or the journals are slow to review, the process could easily exceed 24 months.
  1. Life happens (and should). Your life does not end when you enter the tenure clock. Accidents, health issues, family triumphs, and troubles can happen at any time. Allow yourself time to deal with these experiences. While your career is important, having a life (however small) will keep you sane and grounded. 



xel Burger
                               University of Mannheim

Why do people consider values, principles, and ideologies to be important aspects of their identities while, at the same time, they frequently make decisions that contradict these values and principles? This is one of the questions that intrigues me in my research and in daily life, and it is particularly relevant for many phenomena discussed in the field of Political Psychology. My name is Axel Burger. I work as a lecturer and researcher at the department of Microsociology and Social Psychology of the University of Mannheim (Germany). I studied Psychology at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen (Germany) and Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF) in Niterói (Brazil). After a five-month internship at the HIV/AIDS unit of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNOCD) in Vienna (Austria), I started my dissertation at the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS) at the University of Mannheim where I earned my doctoral degree in 2013. In 2014 I was a fellow of the ISPP Summer Academy in Rome.

My dissertation project already addressed the question sketched in the beginning. Coming from a Social Cognition background (such as work on mood and person perception: Ziegler & Burger, 2011) I usually tend to adopt a characteristically social psychological perspective in my research. This means that I am particularly interested in how situational factors influence our thinking and behavior, and that I assume that judgments and decisions essentially depend on subjective interpretations of situations rather than the information objectively given in these situations. Specifically, in my dissertation project I performed a series of experiments to investigate whether affective signals (such as a person’s current mood) can influence the weighting of idealistic and pragmatic concerns in a voting situation (Burger & Bless, under review). The basic idea of this project was (a) that individuals are more likely to link specific situations (for example, a voting situation) to their personal values the more abstractly they think about these situations and (b) that positive affective signals facilitate more abstract thinking while negative signals elicit more concrete thinking. In support of these assumptions, the experiments I conducted revealed that participants in a positive mood or exposed to positive affective signals in their environment perceived idealistic concerns as clearly more relevant for their voting decision than pragmatic concerns while participants in a negative mood or exposed to negative environmental signals perceived both types of concerns as more equally relevant. Following up on these findings, much of my current research focuses on investigating consequences of shifts in the level of abstraction of thinking for political decisions.

As a recommendation, I would like to draw the attention of those of you who are interested in situational influences on political decisions but do not have a social psychological background to Construal Level Theory (CLT, Trope & Liberman, 2010). This theory makes predictions about causes and consequences of shifts in levels of mental abstraction and is currently one of the most influential theories in Social Psychology. Even though you may have never thought about level of mental abstraction as a variable that might be relevant to your research, the cognitive processes highlighted by CLT have implications for political judgments and decisions in fields of research as diverse as voting behavior, intergroup processes, or international relations and have only begun to be investigated in Political Psychology.


Burger, A. M. & Bless, H. (under review). Affect and the weighting of idealistic and pragmatic concerns in judgment and decision making.

Trope, Y., & Liberman, N. (2010). Construal-level theory of psychological distance. Psychological Review117(2), 440-463.

Ziegler, R., & Burger, A. M. (2011). Mood and the impact of individuating information on the evaluation of ingroup and outgroup members: The role of mood-based expectancies. Journal Of Experimental Social Psychology47(5), 1000-1006.
ISPP Junior Scholar Travel Award

The International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP) Junior Scholars Committee (JSC) is pleased to announce the 2015 Junior Scholar Travel Award Competition. Up to thirteen (13) awards of a maximum of $500 USD each will be awarded to Junior Scholars for travel to the ISPP annual meeting in San Diego, California, USA, July 3-6, 2015.
Applications are due by April 15, 2015.

Eligibility Requirements:
1. The applicant must be a paid ISPP member as of April 15, 2015.
2. The applicant must be a Junior Scholar (i.e., graduate student or person within 8 years post-graduate career).
3. The applicant must be first or sole author on an accepted poster or symposium presentation.
4. The applicant must attend the 2015 ISPP meeting to receive the award.

Decision Process and Notification:
Applications will be blind-reviewed by the JSC Travel Award Committee. Decisions will be based on the excellence of the submitted conference abstract and financial needs of the applicant. Winners will be notified by e-mail by mid-May 2015.

Award Disbursement:
Awards will be given as reimbursements to recipients at the close of the conference. Recipients must submit receipts for travel costs incurred (e.g., airline tickets, hotel accommodations). Recipients will receive the amount equivalent to their travel costs, up to $500 USD; if travel costs are less than $500 USD, the recipient will receive an amount equal to his/her travel expenses. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover all travel expenses and strongly encourage applicants to search for additional sources of funding.
To apply, visit:
For any inquiries about the travel awards, contact the JSC Travel Award Committee at

Apply to be a Member of the ISPP Junior Scholars Committee (JSC)

The ISPP Junior Scholars Committee (JSC) is now accepting applications to the 2015-2016 JSC! To make our committee more representative of ISPP’s membership, we encourage applications from every continent.
Applications due by
April 30, 2015
To apply online or for more information, visit (Note: you must also e-mail your curriculum vita to Only complete applications will be considered.
Feel free to email us with any questions at


Chair Elect (1): Working under the current chair, this position is responsible for learning the ins and outs of the JSC, in preparation for taking the lead the following year. Duties as chair include writing reports to the Governing Council, overseeing the junior scholar budget, and representing the interests of junior scholars in ISPP. This position includes three years of service to JSC; as chair-elect, chair, and the final year of service is in the capacity of chair ex-officio.

Mentoring Program Coordinatior (1): Arranges the mentoring tea organized at the annual meeting.

Professional Development Coordinator (1): Arranges the publishing and career development roundtables for the annual meeting.

Newsletter Editor (1): Solicits articles and announcements for the Junior Scholars newsletter that is published twice a year.

Web Sources Coordinator (1): Manages all web-related JSC archives and responsible for updating the JSC Blog, Facebook and Twitter pages.


 Summer Schools, Funding,
and Positions in Political Psychology


ISPP Summer Academy 
Omni San Diego Hotel, California, 30 June – 2 July 2015
Registration Deadline: 1 April, 2015

ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques
University of Ljubljana 23 July - 8 August 2015
Registration Deadline: 25 June, 2015

Utrecht Summer School in Migration, Integration, and Ethnic Relations 
Utrecht University 17 August – 28 August 2015
Registration Deadline: 1 August 2015

CEU Summer University in Political Psychology: Social Interaction in the Context of Attitudes and Ideologies 
Central European University, Budapest 13 July – 24 July 2015
Registration Deadline: 22 February 2015 (Late applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis)

Prague Summer Schools, 4 July – 11 July 2015
Registration Deadline: 31 March 2015

Prague Summer School on European Politics: Interests vs. Culture
Prague Summer Schools, 4 July – 11 July 2015
Registration Deadline: 31 March 2015 

Oslo Summer School in Comparative Social Science Studies: Mind, the Meaning Maker: New General Psychology of Being Human 
Aalborg University, Denmark, 20 July – 24 July 2015
Registration Deadline: None

Oslo Summer School in Comparative Social Science Studies: Mixed Methods: Towards a Methodological Pluralism 
University of Milan, Italy, 27 July – 31 July 2015
Registration Deadline: None


Bournemouth University – PhD Studentship
Anonymous: Online Group Processes, Social Identity and Cybersecurity
Duration: 3 Years
Application Deadline: 25 March, 2015

Kingston University – PhD Studentship
Supporting many areas of study including identities, communication, difference, human rights, conflicts, mass violence in related research centers and groups.
Duration: 3 Years
Application Deadline: 20 March, 2015

University of Winchester – 175th Anniversary Studentships
Supporting doctoral proposals in many areas of psychology including volunteerism and group processes, citizenship and political participation, environmental psychology and place identity
Duration: 3 Years
Application Deadline: 13 March, 2015

University College London – Funded PhD Studentships
Centre for the Study of Decision-Making Uncertainty
Duration: Unspecified
Application Deadline: 17 March, 2015

City University, London – 6 Doctoral Scholarships
The School of Arts and Social Sciences
Duration: 3 Years
Application Deadline: 31 March, 2015

University of Essex – Doctoral Scholarship in Psychology
Supporting research proposals written in the supervision areas including social psychology
Duration: 3 Years
Application Deadline: 3 April, 2015

Coventry University – 2 Research Fellows
Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations
Duration: Permanent
Application Deadline: 13 April, 2015

University of Konstanz – 5 Year Research and 2 Year PostDoc Fellowships
Zukunftskolleg Incoming Fellowship-Programme Marie Curie (ZIF-MC) Funding
Duration: 5 Years for Research Fellowship
                2 Years for PostDoctoral Fellowship
Application Deadline: 18 May, 2015

University of Oklohama – Research Postdoc in Applied Social / Political Psychology
Political Psychology of US-China Relations Research Program
Duration: 9 Months
Application Deadline: 9 March, 2015

Darmouth College, Tiltfactor Laboratory – Postdoctoral Researcher
Social Psychology
Duration: 1 Year
Application Deadline: 4 April, 2015

The Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences – 12 Doctoral Scholarships
Proposals are expected to be aligned in four research pillars including Governance, Institutional Change and Political Behaviour
Duration: 3 Years
Application Deadline: 31 March, 2015

University of Zurich – 3 Doctoral / Assistant Positions in Comparative Politics
Department of Political Science
Duration: 3-6 years
Application Deadline: 30 April, 2015

The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) – PhD and Postdoctoral Fellowships for International Researchers (2216)
International researchers who wants to pursue their studies in Turkey will be granted from various disciplines including Social Sciences and Humanities
Duration: 12 Months
Application Deadlines: 20 April 2015 (For the 1st Period)
                                     19 October 2015 (For the 2nd Period)



JSC Web Sources

Together with our Blog, the JSC Twitter account (@ISPP_JSC) and Facebook page (/ISPPJuniorScholars) are the places to find up-to-date information on conferences, publications, open positions, and discussions of interest to (junior) scholars in political psychology. And be sure to check and contribute to our wiki-page, which gives an overview of the upcoming conferences in our thriving field. 
News from the Junior Scholars Blog

When we took up our positions as web-coordinators in July 2014, we made it our mission to reinvent the JSC blog. We moved announcements and updates to our Facebook and Twitter accounts, leaving our blog for substantial content pieces. We now proudly host monthly blog updates from junior and senior scholars.
Our “Kudos Column” has been a huge success. The column aims to help junior scholars get their name and work in the public domain. We also introduced our themed blog feature in November and have since published two thought-provoking pieces, one on political incivility by Dr. Bryan T. Gervais and one on the political psychology of the Scottish referendum by Professor Stephen Reicher.
As we move forward, we would like to welcome all ideas for contributions to the kudos column or the themed blog feature – just get in touch with either of us at the addresses below to discuss. We are also very keen to receive feedback on the blog in terms of your views on the content which should be included, with a view to improving the blog and social media as an interactive space for junior scholars. We’d welcome your comments at and
Check out our latest blog entries:

Best wishes,

Kanica Rakhra
Shelley McKeown
JSC Blog Editors 

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