ISPPNews Spring 2015
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ISPPNews Spring 2015

Volume 26.1

President's Message

We are fast approaching our 38th Annual Scientific Meeting in San Diego, where we will meet for four days of political psychology, from July 3-6 2015. We have a full and rich program in place and a series of outstanding panels, posters, and round tables. Making their final plans for the conference are co-chairs Melinda Jackson and Clifford Stevenson, ably assisted by Philip Chen. In collaboration with our Executive Director, Sev Bennett, Melinda and Clifford have put together a great program, and I look forward to seeing you all in San Diego. 

This has been a highly productive and innovative year for ISPP, in which our core existing services and programs have been enriched and a series of innovations have been set in place. 

The professionalization of our Central Office continues as Sev and her new assistant, Heather Schlabach, complete the tasks of synching the conference planning functions with the administrative tasks of our society. Among other important developments this year is the search for web solutions that will enable members in future to access multiple ISPP functionalities through the same portal. We will be updating you as we make further progress. 

Our flagship journal, Political Psychology, continues to rank as a high-impact and highly circulating journal. I have expressed my gratitude to former Editor-in-Chief, Alex Mintz, and his editorial team for their work on behalf of the journal over the past five years. New Editor-in-Chief, Catarina Kinnvall, took over at the beginning of February, 2015. For the next five years, the editorial work of the journal will be administered through Lund University’s Department of Political Science. Joining Catarina are new Co-Editors John Cash, Caroline Howarth, Orla Muldoon, Martin Rosema and Thomas Rudolph. The new Associate Editors are Emma Bäck, Hanna Bäck, Martin Bäckström, and Jacob Sohlberg. Kristen Monroe continues as Book Review Editor and Sarah Scuzzarello is the Editorial Manager. I wish Catarina and her team best wishes for continued success with the Journal. 

ISPP’s Governing Council enjoyed a productive and full Midwinter meeting from January 22–23 2015 in London, Canada. Among other important agenda items, Governing Council considered a series of constitutional amendments. These amendments have been designed to enhance consistency and procedure. While some of you have already voted, we have not so far reached the required threshold for changing our constitution. Consequently, we have decided to extend your opportunity to vote and strongly encourage you to do so. These are important changes and their passage will assist us considerably in the running of ISPP. The detailed work of amendment drafting was undertaken by George Marcus. George is stepping down at the San Diego meeting after a five-year term as Councilor, and ISPP has benefitted greatly from his wise counsel and dedicated service. Past President, Bert Klandermans, has been selected as our new Councilor and will be starting his five-year term in San Diego. 

At the Midwinter meeting, Governing Council established a Special Committee under Vice President Jacquelien van Steckelenberg to explore future options for the length and timing of ISPP business meetings. Because it is largely self-financed, attendance at Midwinter meetings has been a challenge for some, notably junior scholars and those with limited financial resources. Governing Council voted an interim budget item to support travel to the Midwinter meeting in 2016. 

Under the leadership of Vice President Eva Green, ISPP has undertaken a series of projects related to improving communications, including improvements to the website. Eva and others have contributed to revising the language of our various ISPP Awards procedures. 

Vice President Jacquelien van Steckelenberg has been working with colleagues on Governing Council and beyond to improve our internationalization efforts. Internationalization criteria are in place throughout our decision-making processes, from the selection of future conference destinations to the allocation of ISPP small grants. Over half of our ISPP small grant awards for this year went to support mini-conferences beyond the traditional centres of North America and Western Europe. ISPP’s international reach will be extending to Brazil, Bulgaria, Italy and Mexico over the next year. 

San Diego will be the final year that Summer Academy Director, Tereza Capelos, and her Administrative Assistant, Stavroula Chrona, coordinate the work of the Academy. Under their innovative leadership, the fifth annual Summer Academy in San Diego represents a unique and intense opportunity for junior scholars to immerse themselves into the substance and methodologies of political psychological research. A search committee is currently looking for the next Director of the Summer Academy. 

To those many of you who are currently serving in volunteer roles in ISPP, I extend my heartfelt thanks. ISPP committees and special projects are always in need of new energy and ideas and so I encourage you to think about furthering your involvement with our society. I am always pleased to hear from you with any of your ideas for ISPP and so please feel free to contact me. 

Best wishes

Paul Nesbitt-Larking
ISPP President
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Executive Director's Corner

We are gearing-up for our Annual Meeting in San Diego in a few months!  Our Program Chairs and their able Program Assistant are dutifully working on putting together interesting panels and poster sessions.  We will also have our usual receptions and Award Ceremony, plus this year we have added a Closing Reception on the final day, a chance to say proper farewells to friends and colleagues until you see them next.

You can still register for the 2015 Annual Meeting.  Accepted presenters needed to be registered by 30 April, but registration will remain open through 1 June.  Please log into the registration system HERE to register.

The 2015 conference does span over a major holiday weekend in the U.S., and hotels are filling up quickly.  There are still rooms available at ISPP’s discounted room rates at the Omni San Diego.  Please go to HERE to reserve your room at ISPP’s special rate.  The deadline for reserving hotel rooms at the special rate is 29 May 2015.

The next time you see your colleagues after San Diego may well be ISPP’s 2016 Annual Meeting, scheduled for downtown Warsaw.  We have also secured the venues and dates for our 2017 and 2018 conferences: Edinburgh, Scotland and San Antonio, Texas, respectfully.  A note about future conference locations: some of you may recall that ISPP conducted a member survey at the end of 2012, and we inquired about several aspects about the conference and future locations.  Two of the things that were evident in the survey are that you want to go to major cities and be in the city center – where you can walk or take inexpensive public transport to a variety of lodging establishments, restaurants, and sights and attractions.  The other big thing was cost – destinations need to be economical in order for people to be able to attend, which includes everything from airfare to lodging and ground transportation costs.  Balancing that with ISPP’s efforts to meet in new and different locations to expand its reach, we hope that you are pleased and will join us for our upcoming conferences in these top destinations.  Don’t know much about one or more of the future cities?  Please check our Future Meetings web page where we have links to some primary web sites for each of the destinations.  We will post more as we get closer to the time for each meeting, and send out e-mails with additional details during the year of each conference.  All of these destinations have a lot to offer!     

Congratulations again to our new President-Elect, Kate Reynolds; Vice President, Conferences, David Redlawsk; and new Governing Council members:  Gizem Arikan, Aleksandra Cichocka, Neil Ferguson, Craig McGarty, and Martijn van Zomeren.  ISPP extends many thanks to our officers rolling off of the Governing Council after San Diego: Past President, Stanley Feldman; Governing Council members: Adam Berinsky, Ted Brader, Anca Minescu, Jojanneke van der Toorn, and Johanna Vollhardt.

Included with the recent Governing Council elections were a few amendments to the ISPP Constitution on which members must vote.  Amendments are necessary periodically to keep the ISPP Constitution current and updated.  We are extending the voting period for these amendments until 21 June 2015.  If you have not voted on them yet, please take a couple of minutes to do so.  The link for the amendments voting is HERE.

If anyone has any problems with any aspect of their membership or renewal, or conference registration, please do not hesitate to contact me in the Central Office (  Thank you all for your membership, and we will see you in California soon!

Severine Bennett, CGMP, PMP
Executive Director, ISPP

ISPP Annual Scientific Meeting

You can still register for the 2015 Annual Meeting.  Accepted presenters needed to be registered by 30 April, but registration will remain open through 1 June.  Please log into the registration system HERE to register.

Preliminary Schedule
A preliminary schedule of the Annual Meeting will soon be available on the conference website.

Registration fees:
•    Member $355
•    Non-member $505
•    Student non-member $165
•    Student member $110
•    Guest $165 (each)
•    Retired $165
•    Other* $165
* please confirm with the ISPP Central Office before registration!

Included in your ISPP Conference registration fee are full admission to the conference (4 days), Welcome Reception, Awards Ceremony and Reception, Closing Reception (new in 2015!).

For Junior Scholars, registration fees furthermore include admission to the Junior Scholars Social Hour and the Mentoring Luncheon (registration required).

Conference registration does not include ISPP membership (except for participants of the ISPP Summer Academy).

If you want to join ISPP or renew your membership, please click here
Do you teach Political Psychology?
Participate in preparing ISPP's Teacher's Corner

The main way for your to participate is to share the syllabi of your courses in political psychology or sub-areas in political psychology (e.g., International Relations, Social Inequality, Public Opinion, Conflict and violence, Intergroup Relations, Political Behavior, Prejudice, Leadership etc). Having syllabi examples is very useful for junior scholars who are setting up their first courses, but they are also interesting for more experienced teachers to get ideas of new topics or exercises. Even for those who do not teach, syllabi provide a great overview on how different scholars define the field of political psychology.

As our membership base in multilingual please do not hesitate to send also syllabi in other languages than English. We will post them indicating the language in the title. 

In addition to syllabi, if you have other teaching materials (e.g., annotated reading lists, case studies, stand-alone slide shows) you think could interest the political psychology community do send them to us too.

Please send your syllabi and eventual other teaching materials, or any question that you may have about ISPP's Teacher's Corner to Jolanda van der Noll.
Political Psychology in the BeNeLux

Jojanneke van der Toorn (Leiden University), Bert Bakker, Yph Lelkes and Alina Feinholdt (all University of Amsterdam) have been awarded an ISPP Small Grant for organizing a one-time regional Political Psychology conference in December 2015. The goal is not only to consolidate the field of political psychology in the BeNeLux and the surrounding countries but also to establish and strengthen the ties between scientists and practitioners in the political arena. The tentative conference dates are 3rd and 4th December 2015.
If you would like to stay up-to-date about this conference, please fill out the brief survey via this link.

For further information, please get in touch with Alina Feinholdt.
A new editorial team for Political Psychology

In 2015 the 5-year term of the previous editorial team of ISPP’s flagship journal Political Psychology came to an end and a new editorial team took over on February 15. The new team is led by Catarina Kinnvall and its office is housed in the European Centre for Political Psychology at Lund University, Sweden. This is the first time Political Psychology is edited in Europe, a fact that we hope will serve to increase the journal’s visibility and relevance in Europe and beyond. The new team aims to build upon the growing successes of the journal as an international interdisciplinary forum, integrating innovations in academic scope, organizational enhancement and outreach.

The new team includes 1 editor-in-chief, 5 co-editors, and 4 associate editors. Editor-in-Chief: Catarina Kinnvall (Lund University); Co-Editors: John Cash (University of Melbourne), Caroline Howarth (London School of Economics), Orla Muldoon (University of Limerick), Martin Rosema (University of Twente), and Thomas Rudolph (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign); Associate Editors: Emma Bäck, Hanna Bäck, Martin Bäckström (Lund University), and Jacob Sohlberg (Gothenburg University); Editorial Manager: Sarah Scuzzarello (Lund University/University of Sussex).

Greetings from the Junior Scholars Committee! 

The JSC is getting ready for the ISPP annual meeting in sunny San Diego, California! At that point, we will say thank you to the out-going members of the JSC and welcome six new members. There is still time to apply! Serving on the JSC provides you with the opportunity to improve your network and advance the needs of junior scholars. For more information you may visit our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter or e-mail us at

We also hope to see you at a number of JSC events during the conference in July:
We will organize two JSC roundtables this year one. Reflecting the dynamism of ISPP, the first roundtable will focus on interdisciplinary research, including how to establish partnerships and seek funders. The second roundtable builds on previous themes of navigating the job market and addresses promotion and advancement in your career. The panelists will identify ways to overcome challenges to professional development once in full-time work.

The Mentoring Luncheon, now a key part of the JSC’s networking strategy, will provide an opportunity for junior scholars to communicate with senior leaders in our field. Registration for mentees is through the conference web site; interested mentors should contact: Gary Smith

As always, the JSC will provide up to thirteen travel awards of a maximum of $500 for travel to the ISPP annual meeting. Thanks to all who submitted applications; the procedure is now closed with decisions to be announced any day. 

Finally, we invite all junior scholars to 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.
We look forward to seeing you in San Diego!
Laura K. Taylor, 
JSC Chair 2014-2015
Queen’s University, Belfast
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Human Rights 101
A Brief College-Level Overview, prepared by Sam McFarland for the American Association for the Advancement of Science Human Rights Coalition, offers a basic overview of modern human rights that may be used by any interested class or group. Just 16 pages, it may be downloaded without cost. Links are provided to more information on every topic.

Launch of
Political Identities Research Group (PIRG)
We are pleased to announce the launch of Political Identities Research Group (PIRG), a research group based in the New York City metro area, and Northeast more broadly, interested in the study of race, class, gender, religion, and sexuality in American politics and comparative contexts. More info
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Call for papers: 

The Changing Role of Media Use in Political Participation
Special Issue of the Journal of Media Psychology
More info 

The Opportunities and Challenges of Diversity: Explaining Its Impact on Individuals and Groups
Special Issue of the European Journal of Social Psychology
More info 
Conferences & Summer schools

4th Annual IPSA-NUS Summer School for Social Science Research Methods
More info 

4th European Conference on Politics and Gender (ECPG)
More info 

4th Military Psychology Conference; Resilience through Change
More info 

9th World Psychotherapy Conference Asia 2015
More info 

ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research
More info 

Post-ISPP Mini-Conference at the University of California, Irvine
More info

PsyPAG conference 2015
More info 

Summer School on Crime, Law and Psychology
More info 

Summer School on Doing and Communicating Qualitative Research
More info 

Workshops on Social Science Research
More info 
Data requests: 
Data for a multilevel meta-analysis on incentivization and prosocial behavior (measured through decisions in economic games).
More info 

Data for a meta-analysis on right-wing ideological attitudes and aggression. More info
New publications:

Ben-Nun Bloom, P., Arikan, G., & Courtemanche, M. (in press). Religious Social Identity, Religious Belief, and Anti-Immigration Sentiment. American Political Science Review. link

Ben-Nun Bloom, P., Arikan, G., & Lahav, G. (in press). The Effect of Perceived Cultural and Material Threats on Ethnic Preferences in Immigration Attitudes. Ethnic and Racial Studies. link

Meyers, W.R. (2015). Social Science Methods for Clinical Inquiry: The Unconscious on the World Scene. Palgrave Macmillan. link

Karpowitz, C.F., & Raphael, C. (2014). Deliberation, Democracy, and Civic Forums: Improving Equality and Publicity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. link

Staub, E. (2015). The roots of goodness and resistance to evil: Inclusive caring, moral courage, altruism born of suffering, active bystandership and heroism. New York: Oxford University Press. link
April Table of Contents Political Psychology

Special Issue: 
Narratives of (in)security: Nationhood, culture, religion, and gender

Narratives of (In)Security: Nationhood, Culture, Religion, and Gender (pages 141–149)
Molly Andrews, Catarina Kinnvall and Kristen Monroe
"I Make Here My Soil. I Make Here My Country." (pages 151–164)
Mastoureh Fathi

Exploring Variation in the Moroccan-Dutch Collective Narrative: An Intersectional Approach (pages 165–180)
Jacomijne Prins, Francesca Polletta, Jacquelien van Stekelenburg and Bert Klandermans
Narratives and Social Identity Formation Among Somalis and Post-Enlargement Poles (pages 181–198)
Sarah Scuzzarello

Leaving Violence Behind: Disengaging from Politically Motivated Violence in Northern Ireland (pages 199–214)
Neil Ferguson, Mark Burgess and Ian Hollywood

Construction of the Israeli-Jewish Conflict-Supportive Narrative and the Struggle Over Its Dominance (pages 215–230)
Neta Oren, Rafi Nets-Zehngut and Daniel Bar-Tal

Challenges of Postconflict Coexistence: Narrating Truth and Justice in a Bosnian Town (pages 231–242)
Johanna Mannergren Selimovic

The Development of Interactive Problem Solving: In John Burton's Footsteps (pages 243–262)
Herbert C. Kelman
Book review essay
The Ambivalent Partisan: How Critical Loyalty Promotes Democracy. By Howard G. Lavine, Christopher D. Johnston, & Marco R. Steenbergen. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. ISBN 978-0-19-977275-9. Pp. xviii+298. $69.99 (pages 263–265)
Peter Suedfeld

About ISPPNews

The regular ISPPNews is ISPP's bi-annual newsletter and welcomes submissions focused on teaching and methods, as well as short essays or opinion pieces on current issues or debates in the discipline. We also publish call for papers, recent publications, member kudos and other professional news.

Please submit your contributions to the Fall 2015 edition of ISPPNews by October 20, 2015

Your ideas for further improvements or additions to ISPPNews are welcome! Please let us know what you would like to see here in the future by sending me an email.

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