Stanley Feldman and Leonie Huddy
Course Title: Introduction to Political Psychology
Political psychology is a fascinating subfield that draws on both psychology and political science to analyze the origins and dynamics of public opinion, vote choice, collective action, and elite political decision making. Political psychology lends sharp insight into contemporary politics, helping to explain the Arab spring and the circumstances under which political grievances are transformed into collective action, the mindset and intransigence of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and the effects of partisanship on Americans that leaves them divided on a host of political issues including climate change. This session will provide an overview of political psychology research, including the distinct contributions of psychology and political science, and key methods, theories and approaches. These elements of political psychology will be elucidated through a focused examination of research on the political consequences of psychological reactions to terrorism.