Graduate Program Chair & Associate Professor Political Science

Dr. Ingrid Haas is Graduate Program Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science. She is Resident Faculty in the Center for Brain, Biology, and Behavior (CB3) and Courtesy Faculty in the Department of Psychology. She is currently a Faculty Fellow with the National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI). Dr. Haas is interested in understanding political decision making and the expression of political attitudes and beliefs, and how decision making and attitude expression are influenced by contextual factors such as emotion and identity. She conducts interdisciplinary research on political behavior using theory and methods from political psychology, social psychology, and cognitive neuroscience in the context of American politics and international security. Her specific areas of expertise include attitudes, social cognition, emotion, prejudice, social identity, experimental and survey design, quantitative research methods and statistics, and structural and functional MRI (sMRI/fMRI). Dr. Haas directs the Political Attitudes and Cognition (PAC) Lab. She teaches courses focused on political psychology and American politics. She earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in social psychology from The Ohio State University and B.A. in psychology and political science from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.


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

Research Interests

Political Psychology
Political Neuroscience
Political Behavior

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Current and Upcoming Courses

Fall 2024: POLS 350

Courses Taught



Recent Publications

Basyouni, R., Harp, N., Haas, I. J., & Neta, M. (2022). Political identity biases Americans’ judgments of outgroup emotion. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 103, 104392. [doi] [preprint]

Haas, I. J. (2022). Using political psychology to understand populism, intellectual virtues, and democratic backsliding. In G. R. Peterson, M. C. Berhow, & G. Tsakiridis (Eds.), Engaging Populism: Democracy and the Intellectual Virtues (pp. 27-42). Palgrave. [doi] [preprint]

Haas, I. J., Baker, M., & Gonzalez, F. (2021). Political uncertainty moderates neural evaluation of incongruent policy positions. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 376: 20200138. [doi] [preprint]

Haas, I. J. (2020). Ideological asymmetries in social psychological research: Rethinking the impact of political context on ideological epistemology. Psychological Inquiry, 31(1), 29-34. [doi] [preprint]

Haas, I. J., Warren, C., & Lauf, S. L. (2020). Political neuroscience: Understanding how the brain makes political decisions. In D. Redlawsk (Ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Political Decision Making. New York: Oxford University Press. [doi] [preprint]

Wheeler, N. E., Allidina, S., Long, E. U., Schneider, S., Haas, I. J., & Cunningham, W. A. (2020). Ideology and predictive processing: Coordination, bias, and polarization in socially constrained error minimization. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 34, 192-198. [doi] [pdf]

Haas, I. J., Jones, C. R., & Fazio, R. H. (2019). Social identity and the use of ideological categorization in political evaluation. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 7(1), 335-353. [doi] [pdf]

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