The Political Psychology of Pandemics

This project is concerned with how exposure to pandemic threat affects a set of social and political preferences related to the control and avoidance of disease contamination. We argue that the appraisal of a pandemic threat is critical to predicting the emotional states that it will stimulate and therefore the impact that exposure to the Covid-19 pandemic threat will have on social and political orientations (social trust, tolerance towards people who appear especially likely to pose some risk of pathogen transmission, attitudes toward immigrants, conceptions of nationhood and political preferences with regard to technocratic, right-wing populist or authoritarian rule).

New Papers

  • Rally around your fellows: Information and social trust in a real-world experiment during the corona crisis, in: The Social Science Journal (together with Max Filsinger, Julian Erhardt, and Steffen Wamsler). DOI:
  • When good news backfires: Feelings of disadvantage in the Corona crisis, in: International Political Science Review (together with Max Filsinger). DOI:
  • The Emotional Foundations of Political Support: How Fear and Anger Affect Trust in the Government in Times of the Covid-19 Pandemic, in: Swiss Political Science Review (together with Julian Erhardt, Max Filsinger, and Steffen Wamsler). DOI: