LINDA J. SKITKA is a distinguished professor and associate department head of psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, with a 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 the
National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Templeton Foundation, 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 considerable press attention, including being featured in (for example) the New York Times, Mother Jones, the Daily Beast, National Public Radio, Science Magazine, and Huffington Post.
Dr. Skitka is a past president of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the Midwestern Psychological Association, and the International Society for Justice Research. She has served two terms as an executive board member for the Society for Experimental Social Psychology. In addition to her service to professional societies, Dr. Skitka has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Attitudes and Social Cognition, the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Social Justice Research. She currently serves on the editorial boards for Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, Psychological Science, Journal of Social and Personality Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Political Psychology, Social Justice Research, Political Psychology, Basic and Applied Social Psychology, and Moral Cognition and Communication. She formerly chaired 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 won multiple awards for excellence in research, teaching, and mentorship.

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