Lab Director

Ingrid HaasIngrid J. Haas, Ph.D.

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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 and holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Haas is interested in understanding the expression of political attitudes and beliefs, and how that expression is 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. Her specific areas of expertise include attitudes, social cognition, emotion, prejudice, social identity, experimental design, survey design, 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 her 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.

Affiliated Faculty

Pierce Ekstrom, Ph.D.

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Dr. Pierce Ekstrom is an assistant professor of Political Science. He studies the causes and consequences of political disagreement. On the "cause" side, he is particularly interested in how psychological individual differences give rise to diverse political preferences and in how individuals' moral values and politicized identities create outright conflict from these differences of opinion. As for "consequences," he is interested in both the desirable effects of political disagreement (e.g., critical re-evaluations of existing practices) and its undesirable effects (e.g., political prejudice, biased information-sharing). Dr. Ekstrom has a courtesy appointment in the Psychology Department and is affiliated with the Center for Brain, Biology, and Behavior. He earned his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Minnesota and his B.A. in Psychology and Political Science from the University of Chicago.

Kyle Hull, Ph.D.

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Dr. Kyle Hull is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research interests include political psychology, American politics, public policy, state and local politics, and disability politics. His dissertation explored the role of dehumanization in shaping candidate evaluations and support, particularly candidates with physical disabilities. In additonal other co-authored and solo projects, he studies gubernatorial behavior, political morality, and state and local public opinion and elections.


Affiliated Graduate Students

Zeenat Ahmed

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Zeenat Ahmed is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Saint Peter's University, New Jersey. Her research interests are in political psychology, covering political ideologies, political identity, and political ideology belief systems.

Taylor Gold

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Taylor is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He received his Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Political Science and History from Doane University and his Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His main research interests include state and local public policy and politics, as well as the application of political psychology to them.

John Jostes

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John is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Concordia University, Nebraska. He is primarily interested in the relation between social identity, belief systems and moral values as they apply to political polarization and the amelioration of intractable conflict.

Doyeon Park

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Doyeon Park is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research interests are American politics, the relationship between the President and Congress, and public policy. He is primarily interested in employing text-as-data.

Susie Pratt

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Susie Pratt is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Northern Iowa. Her research interests are in American politics, public policy, and budgetary politics.

Rachel Urban

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Rachel is a third-year Political Science Ph.D. student, interested in elite foreign policy decision-making, experimental design and methods, and Anthropocenic environmental international security. She completed her Masters of Research in Security, Conflict, and Human Rights at the University of Exeter, focusing on interdisciplinary approaches to research and mixed methods. Her thesis qualitatively studied the AUKUS alliance in the midst of a rising China. Rachel completed her B.A. in Psychology with minors in National Security, Political Science, Global Studies, and English also at UNL, and additionally holds an A.A. from Southeast Community College in General Studies. She is an avid runner and loves being outside!

Ding Xu

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Ding Xu is a PhD student at UNL studying Political Psychology. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Iowa. His research focuses on how people's social identities and existing belief systems influence their political behavior. In addition, he's interested in experimental methods and applying sociological and psychological theories to politics.

Lab Manager

Brendan Fee

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Undergraduate Research Assistants

Audrey Ellis

Audrey Ellis is a sophomore majoring in political science with minors in Spanish and national security. She is interested in the intersection between morality, psychology, and politics. She is involved with the Husker Vote Coalition, the honors program as an Honors Peer Mentor, Pi Sigma Alpha, and the acapella group Pitch Please.

Carly Gartner

Carly Gartner is a junior majoring in Political Science and Psychology with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. She is interested in learning about the psychological motivations behind the political decisions that people make. On campus, she is a member of Husker Vote Coalition and Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society. She is also a resident assistant with UNL Housing.

Mary Gerend

Mary Gerend is a freshman majoring in psychology and communications with an emphasis in public health. She has a keen interest in the effects different cultural and sociological backgrounds have on the psychological processes behind political ideology- and how this cements itself into health policy. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school and work in a related field. On campus, she is involved in the honors program and Gamma Phi Beta.

Maria Green

Maria Green is a junior majoring in Psychology with a neuroscience option and a minor in French. She is also on a pre-medicine track. She is particularly interested in the psychology underlying political biases, as well as how this affects interactions between individuals of different backgrounds. On campus, she is involved in Out of the Darkness. 

Zein Saleh

Zein is majoring in Political Science and Psychology with a minor in Arabic. He is particularly interested in social categorization and the effects of racial diversity on political attitudes and intergroup relations. On campus, he is involved in ASUN and as a TA in the psychology department. After graduation, Zein hopes to attend graduate school to attain a Ph.D. in Social Psychology.

Lauren Van Treeck

Lauren Van Treeck is a senior majoring in Biological Sciences and History. She is interested in modern American history and politics with an emphasis on foreign policy and imperialism. On campus, she is involved as a Human Anatomy Lab TA and as a tutor for the Athletics department. After graduation, Lauren hopes to attend either medical school or graduate school.

Peyton Walsh

Peyton Walsh is a junior double majoring in Psychology and Political Science, with a minor in Communication Studies. She is interested in learning about political attitudes and the influence of social media on political polarization. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to attain a Ph.D. in Child Psychology.


Lab Alumni

Affiliated Graduate Students
Frank Gonzalez, Assistant Professor, University of Arizona
Kyle Hull, Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lukasz Niparko, Data Fellow, Death Penalty Information Center
John Peterson, Assistant Professor, Palo Alto College
Stephen Schneider, UX Researcher II, Microsoft
Allison Skinner-Dorkenoo, Assistant Professor, University of Georgia
Noelle Troutman, Postdoc, Arizona State University
Clarisse Warren, Senior Research Analyst, The Olinger Group
Undergraduate Research Assistants
Molly Arnold, Fiserv
Melissa Baker, Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at El Paso
Jacob Berggren
Allison Black,
Megan Elbel, University of California-San Diego
Justice Forte,
Ritsa Giannakas, University of Michigan
James Gunn, Baruch College
Allison Haindfield,
Claire Jumper, Washington University
Alyssa (Meyer) Culbertson, Nebraska Medicine
Dylan Patrick,
Josh Pierce (1992-2019)
Marley Sandberg,
Grace Stallworth, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jessica Stump, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Sarah Sweeney, University of Washington
Christian Washington

Faculty Collaborators

Wil Cunningham, University of Toronto
Pierce Ekstrom, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Russ Fazio, The Ohio State University
Geoff Lorenz, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Rupal Mehta, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Maital Neta, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Dominic Packer, Lehigh University
Ya Hui Michelle See, National University of Singapore
Kevin Smith, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Jay Van Bavel, New York University