Current Graduate Students

Lindsay Keeran

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Lindsay is interested in the ties between moral conviction and different aspects of identity, and exploring the role morality may play in persuasive processes.

J.P. Prims, M. A. (co-advised with Tomas Stähl)


J.P. studies when, where, and why people believe conspiracy theories, and has interests in meta science, text analysis, and political psychology.

Zach Melton, M. A. (co-advised with Alex Demos)


Zach is interested in how synchrony relates to and predicts social behavior.

Allison Mueller, A. B. D.


Ali is interested in the “dark side” of morality, and how and why people behave immorally in everyday life. Learn more at:

Current and Recent Lab Visitors

Michael Edem Fiagbenu, MSc

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Michael was a visiting scholar at UIC and the Skitka Lab from January until May, 2018 from the International Max Planck Research School on Uncertainty and the Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena in Germany. His is interested in the cognitive, biological, and economic foundations of socio-political attitudes. To learn more:

Maja Kutlaca, Ph.D.

Maja was a visiting scholar from the Universität Osnabrück in Germany from August through November 2018. She is interested in the role of value and value identity fit in motivating collective action, when people are willing to confront political insults, racism, or sexism, as well as their reactions to seeing someone else confront these issues.


Bilge Yalcindag, Ph.D.

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Bilge is an assistant professor at Nuh Naci Yazgan University in Turkey, and was a visiting scholar at UIC from November 2017 through November 2018. Her interests are examining the cultural generalizability of people’s moral foundations. Learn more at:

Lab Alumni (in reverse chronological order)

Anthony Washburn, Ph.D., 2018
National Safety Council


Brittany Hanson, Ph.D., 2018
Assistant Professor, Saint Peters University

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Daniel Wisneski, Ph.D., 2014
Assistant Professor, Saint Peters University

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G. Scott Morgan, Ph. D., 2011
Associate Professor, Drew University


Brad Lytle, Ph.D., 2010
Digital Behavior Analyst, Google

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Sylvia Perry, Ph.D., 2010
Assistant Professor, Northwestern University


Benjamin Saunders, Ph.D., 2008
Associate Professor, Long Island University


Christopher Bauman, Ph.D. 2006
Associate Professor, University of California Irvine

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Elizabeth Mullen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, San Jose State University


Bonnie Rosenblatt, Ph.D. 2003
Walden University

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Sheri Lantinga, Ph.D. 1998
Visiting Professor, Handong Global University

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Nicholas Aramovich, Alliant International University
Mark Brandt, Tilberg University
Jesus Bravo, Arizona State University
Hui Chen, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Andrew Conway, Claremont Graduate University
Chris Crandall, University of Kansas
Alexander Demos, University of Illinois at Chicago
Scott Eidelman, University of Arkansas
Jeremy Frimer, Winnipeg University
Mario Gollwitzer, Phillipps University Marburg
Eran Halperin, IDC Herzilya, Israel
Wilhelm Hofmann, University of Cologne
Li Liu, Beijing Normal University
Peter Liberman, Queens College
James Liu, Victoria University Wellington
Robyn Mallett, Loyola University
Matt Motyl, University of Illinois at Chicago
Michal Reifman Tagar, IDC Herzliya
Edward Sargis, University of Illinois at Chicago
Kathleen Searles, Louisiana State University
Tomas Stahl, University of Illinois at Chicago
Yiyin Yang, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Lun Xu, Beijing Normal University