The Political Psychology Preconference brings together researchers to discuss topics in political cognition, attitudes, and behavior. The preconference aims to facilitate the dissemination of cutting-edge research in political psychology, honor the leaders of the field and promote the next generation of political psychologists. Back by popular demand, this year’s preconference will again feature themed “mini-symposia,” covering the following topics:

Harnessing Historical Awareness in Political Psychology


  • Phia Salter (Davidson College)
  • Johanna Vollhardt (Clark University)
  • Laurent Licata (Université libre de Bruxelles)

Political Psychological Models of Susceptibility to Misinformation


  • Bertram Gawronski (University of Texas at Austin) 
  • Gordon Pennycook (University of Regina) 
  • Philipp Lorenz-Spreen (Max Planck Institute for Human Development)

Political Psychology of Inequality


  • Jennifer Richeson (Yale University) 
  • Demis Glasford (City University of New York) 
  • Rebecca Carey (Princeton University) 

Towards a Political Psychology of the Climate Crisis


  • Nathaniel Geiger (Indiana University Bloomington) 
  • Matthew Goldberg (Yale University)
  • Susan Clayton (The College of Wooster)

Each mini-symposia will include an extended discussion session with the audience. 

Preconference Organizers

Eduardo Rivera Pichardo, erp295@nyu.edu, New York University
Mikey Biddlestone, mikeybiddlestone@gmail.com, University of Cambridge


This preconference is accepting submissions for all presentation formats.

There are several opportunities for scholars to present their work at the preconference: 

  • Student Talk: Graduate students are invited to submit proposals to give a 15-minute talk about first-authored work.
  • Data Blitz: Graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and early career (i.e., pre-tenure) scholars are invited to submit proposals for a data blitz talk.
  • Poster Session: Graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and early career (i.e., pre-tenure) scholars are invited to submit proposals for a poster presentation.

All presentation formats would be in person following SPSP general health guidelines.

Submissions related to the four covered themes are encouraged. However, all political psychological work is highly regarded and welcome as submissions, as is the case every year.

To be considered, please submit a talk title, a list of authors and affiliations, and two abstracts: one 400-character abstract and one 1200-character abstract.

All submissions must be completed by 11:59 PM PT on Nov. 15. If you have questions, you may email precons@spsp.org or the preconference organizer listed above.

Our Submission Guide outlines all the information needed for submitting to a preconference.