Lab Director

Ingrid Johnsen Haas, Ph.D.

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Dr. Ingrid Haas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Resident Faculty in the Center for Brain, Biology, and Behavior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She also has a courtesy appointment in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Haas conducts interdisciplinary research on political behavior at the intersection of political psychology, social psychology, and social cognitive neuroscience, and is interested in understanding factors that shape the expression of political attitudes and behavior. Her areas of expertise include attitudes, social cognition, emotion, stereotyping and prejudice, social identity, experimental design, and functional MRI (fMRI). She teaches courses on political psychology, American politics, and quantitative / experimental research methods. She also serves as the faculty coordinator for the Political Science Experimental Participant Pool (PSEPP) and co-organizes the Political Behavior Research Group. 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 St. Paul, Minnesota. She joined the UNL faculty after completing her Ph.D. in 2012.

Affiliated Graduate Students


Samantha Lauf


Samantha is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln studying political psychology and public policy. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln as well. Samantha's research investigates how people process political information and how they interact with their political environment in order to better understand the interaction between individuals and the public policy process. 


Stephen Schneider


Stephen is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He received a Master of Arts in Political Science from Kansas State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Fort Hays State University. Stephen’s research interests lie at the intersection of biology and psychology. He seeks to apply both a biological and psychological understanding of altruism to understand political tolerance.

Clarisse Warren


Clarisse is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. She received a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Austin Peay State University. Clarisse's research focuses on psychological and biological influences on political behavior, particularly within the framework of American politics. Her current research examines physiological response to incongruent policy stances and negative information about political candidates.

Samantha Wiener


Undergraduate Research Assistants

Jacob Berggren

Jacob is currently a third year student studying Political Science, with minors in mathematics, gerontology, and humanities in medicine. He is interested in research involving neurobiology, and how political predispositions are developed in society. He hopes to use his research experience to pursue a career in medicine, and geriatrics.

Justice Forte

Justice Forte is currently an undergraduate student at UNL, studying Political Science, Communication Studies, and Global Studies. She is interested in discovering the factors that cause people to form strong ideological ties, and under what circumstances they are willing to break these patterns. She hopes to one day utilize this knowledge as a politician to understand her constituency and create policy that is beneficial to all Americans.

Marley Sandberg

Marley Sandberg is currently a junior undergraduate student, studying Political Science and Women's and Gender Studies. She is interested in the intersections of race, gender, and politics. Her future plans include attending law school and pursuing a career in criminal law.


Grace Stallworth

Grace is currently studying Psychology and Sociology, with a minor in Political Science. She is interested in neuroscience and how brain chemistry and emotions are related. In addition, she enjoys learning about  neurotransmitters and their relation to mental disorders. She is also interested in how political attitudes and ideologies influence and shape our emotions.


Sarah Sweeney

Sarah is an undergraduate first-year psychology student at UNL. She is minoring in chemistry, German, and humanities in medicine and her current research interests include social psychology, biopsychology, and neurology. She hopes to construct her experience working in a laboratory and contributing to research projects, with the goal of attending medical school and conducting clinical research.

Lab Alumni

Affiliated Graduate Students
Frank Gonzalez, University of Arizona
John Peterson, Palo Alto College
Allison Skinner, Northwestern University
Undergraduate Research Assistants
Melissa Baker, University of California-Merced
Allison Black
James Gunn, CUNY-Baruch College
Allison Haindfield
Alyssa Meyer
Peter Oster
Josh Pierce

Faculty and Postdoc Collaborators

Arthur Andrews, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Dona-Gene Barton, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Wil Cunningham
, University of Toronto
Russ Fazio, The Ohio State University
Dominic Packer, Lehigh University
Matt Rocklage, Northwestern University
Ya Hui Michelle See, National University of Singapore
Jay Van Bavel, New York University
Sergio Wals, University of Nebraska-Lincoln