Ingrid Haas

Assistant Professor Political Science

Dr. Ingrid Haas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Resident Faculty in the Center for Brain, Biology, and Behavior. She also has a courtesy appointment in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Haas conducts interdisciplinary research on political psychology, attitudes, and social cognition, using research methods from social psychology, political science, and social cognitive neuroscience. She teaches courses primarily within the biology, psychology, and politics area of emphasis in the Department of Political Science. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in social psychology from The Ohio State University and B.A. in psychology and political science from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. She joined the UNL faculty in 2012.

Dr. Haas is the director of the UNL Political Attitudes and Cognition Lab. For more information about Dr. Haas or the PAC Lab, please visit the lab website: 

Dr. Haas also coordinates the Political Science Experimental Participant Pool (PSEPP) and helps coordinate the Political Behavior Research Group (PBRG).

Curriculum Vitae [pdf]


Ph.D. in Social Psychology (2012), The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
M.A. in Social Psychology (2008), The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
B.A. in Psychology (2005), University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota

Research Interests
  • Political Psychology
  • Political Neuroscience
  • Political Behavior
  • Social Psychology (attitudes, emotion, social cognition, social identity, stereotyping, prejudice)
  • Social Cognitive Neuroscience (fMRI)
Fall 2017 Office Hours

Tuesdays and Thursdays 11-12 in Oldfather 531 (and by appointment)

Courses Taught

Haas, I. J., Baker, M. N., & Gonzalez, F. J. (2017). Who can deviate from the party line? Political ideology moderates neural responses to incongruent policy positions in insula and anterior cingulate cortex. Social Justice Research, 30(4), 355-380.  [doi] [pdf]

Haas, I. J., & Schneider, S. P. (2017). Mass political behavior. In F. Moghaddam (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Political Behavior (pp. 470-472). SAGE Publications. [doi]

Skinner, A. L., & Haas, I. J. (2016). Perceived threat associated with police officers and Black men predicts support for policing policy reform. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1057. [doi] [pdf]

Haas, I. J. (2016). The impact of uncertainty, threat, and political identity on support for political compromise. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 38(3), 137-152. [doi] [pdf]

Haas, I. J. (2016). Political neuroscience. In J. R. Absher & J. Cloutier (Eds.), Neuroimaging Personality, Social Cognition, and Character: Traits and Mental States in the Brain (pp. 355-370). Cambridge, MA: Academic Press. [doi] [pdf]

Haas, I. J. (2016). Political psychology. In D. S. Dunn (Ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Psychology. New York: Oxford University Press. [doi] [pdf]

Haas, I. J., & Cunningham, W. A. (2014). The uncertainty paradox: Perceived threat moderates the effect of uncertainty on political tolerance. Political Psychology, 35(2), 291-302. [doi] [pdf]

Van Bavel, J. J., Packer, D. J., Haas, I. J., & Cunningham, W. A. (2012). The importance of moral construal: Moral versus non-moral construal elicits faster, more extreme, universal evaluations of the same actions. PLoS ONE, 7(11), e48693. [doi] [pdf]

Cunningham, W. A., Haas, I. J., & Jahn, A. (2011). Attitudes. In J. Decety & J. T. Cacioppo (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Social Neuroscience (pp. 212-226). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. [doi] [pdf]

Cunningham, W. A., Johnsen, I. R., & Waggoner, A. S. (2011). Orbitofrontal cortex provides cross-modal valuation of self-generated stimuli. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 6(3), 286-293. [doi] [pdf

Cunningham, W. A., Van Bavel, J. J., & Johnsen, I. R. (2008). Affective flexibility: Evaluative processing goals shape amygdala activity. Psychological Science, 19(2), 152-160. [doi] [pdf

Polusny, M. A., Ries, B. J., Schultz, J. R., Calhoun, P., Clemensen, L., & Johnsen, I. R. (2008). PTSD symptom clusters associated with physical health and health care utilization in rural primary care patients exposed to natural disaster. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 21(1), 75-82. [doi

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