Chadly Stern is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research broadly examines how belief systems and motivations guide the way that people perceive and interact with the world. One central line of work concerns how political belief systems (e.g., whether a person is liberal or conservative) shape the way in which people evaluate and categorize others based on group membership (e.g., race, sex, and sexual orientation). Another line of work examines consensus in political groups, and the implications of both perceived and actual attitude consensus for individual behavior (e.g., voting) and large-scale societal outcomes (e.g., levels of societal stability).
Julia Spielmann received her BSc in Psychology from Humboldt University in Berlin and MSc in Health and Social Psychology from Maastricht University before pursuing a PhD in Social Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is interested in understanding issues related to intergroup relations. Her current research examines how social categories (race, sexual orientation, and gender) shape the way people perceive and categorize others. More information about Julia can be found here.
Andrea Kunze received a Bachelor’s of Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Learning & Development from Georgia State University and an MS in Educational Psychology from NC State University. She is currently at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign working on her PhD in Educational Psychology, focusing on topics related to perception and engagement in learning spaces. Her current research explores the cognitive and social factors that shape students perceptions of racial discrimination in higher education spaces.
Yarden Ashur received her B.A. in Behavioural Science and her M.A. in Social Psychology from Ben Gurion University in Israel before pursuing a Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is interested in mind perception strategies in the context of intergroup relations and social categories.
Salvador Vargas Salfate received a BA in Sociology from Universidad de Chile and an MA in Psychology from New York University. He is currently a PhD student in Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on political ideology and legitimation of inequality, and their relationships with ingroup and national identities, intergroup processes, and contextual factors.