NES logo

Dear ANES community,

You are invited to a conference on:

The Psychology of Voting and Election Campaigns

at Duke University, October 20 and 21, 2006

This exciting interdisciplinary conference will bring together outstanding psychologists with political scientists to address the psychology of elections. Elections transform power relationships and the lives of everyday citizens, but at its core, voting is a psychological act. Understanding why Americans vote as they do illuminates fundamental aspects of human decision-making and social relations. In this spirit, the conference will identify new avenues for developing basic psychological theory through data collected by the American National Election Study surveys between 2007 and 2009. Sixteen scholars will present research that strengthens the critical intellectual bridge between psychology and the investigation of contemporary American politics.

Each presentation will be followed by an extensive discussion among all conference participants of the issues raised during the presentation.

Breakfast will be provided to conference attendees, and a nearby hotel will be available for anyone wishing to attend and stay overnight.

The speakers will include:

  • Susan M. Andersen, Department of Psychology, New York University
  • Tanya Chartrand, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
  • Geoffrey Cohen, Department of Psychology, University of Colorado
  • Gavan J. Fitzsimons, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
  • Jack Glaser, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
  • John T. Jost, Department of Psychology, New York University
  • Charles Judd, Department of Psychology, University of Colorado
  • Lee Jussim, Department of Psychology, Rutgers University
  • Joachim Krueger, Department of Psychology, Brown University
  • Brian Nosek, Department of Psychology, University of Virginia
  • Keith Payne, Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina
  • Richard E. Petty, Department of Psychology, Ohio State University
  • Eldar Shafir, Department of Psychology, Princeton University
  • Jim Shah, Department of Psychology, Duke University
  • Stacey Sinclair, Department of Psychology, University of Virginia
  • Eliot R. Smith, Department of Psychology, Indiana University, Bloomington

    The conference is being hosted by Duke University's Social Science Research Institute, in collaboration with the American National Election Studies, and is being funded by the Science Directorate of the American Psychological Association, the Social Science Research Institute at Duke, the Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan, the American National Election Study, and the National Science Foundation.

    Conference organizers are Jon Krosnick (Stanford), Wendy Wood (Duke), Skip Lupia (University of Michigan), and John Aldrich (Duke).

    For more information, please consult
    or contact Barbara Potter (