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Dr. B.N. (Bert) Bakker

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
CW : Political Communication & Journalism
Photographer: Bert Bakker

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Room number: C8.00
Postal address
  • Postbus 15791
    1001 NG Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    I am an Asssociate Professor at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (University of Amsterdam). My work focuses upon contemporary issues social polarization and populism. In particular, I study the psychological roots of citizens’ political beliefs with the most attention to the role of personality and emotions. Besides I am motivated to work as transparent as possible and stimulate others to do the same. My work has appeared in journals such as Nature Human Behaviour, Journal of Communication, the American Political Science Review and the Journal of Politics. 

    I also serve as an Associate Editor at the Journal of Experimental Political Science. I am the co-founder of the Hot Politics Lab, a lab-group in which we study the role of emotions and personality in politics (here). I am also the founder and co-organizer of the Dutch Political Psychology Meetings which are held twice a year at the University of Amsterdam.

    I teach the course the psychology of political communication in the Master Communication Science and in the Research Master I teach courses on Experimentation and Good Research Practices. Besides, I advice students while writing their Master thesis and during their (professional) internships. 

    Expertise and Research Fields 

    • Political Psychology
    • Emotions
    • Personality 
    • Polarization

    Administrative Roles

    • Open Science Coordinator (ASCoR)
    • Lab Coordinator (ASCoR)
    • Member of the ethics board (ASCoR)
    • Associate Editor at the Journal of Experimental Political Science
  • Research

    Expertise and Research Fields 

    • Political Psychology
    • Emotions
    • Personality 
    • Polarization

    Research Methods

    • Experiments
    • Surveys
    • Laboratory studies
    • Psychophysiology

    Current Research Projects 

    • Physiology & Politics: In this project wse study the physiological responses to political communication. We rely upon laboratory experiments and laboratory in the field experiments (Lowlands, InScience festival, TT Assen, Tilburgse Kermis). In this project we address if, how and when people have physiological responses to political communication and how this aligns with their self-reported emotions. 
    • Personality & Politics: I study the role of personality in politics. Is personality causing political preferences? And if so how? These are questions I address in this project.  
    • Research practices: I am increasingly interested in studying how we do our research. Can we create a culture of openness and transparency in the social sciences? And what are the current research practices do our research.   

    Research Grants & Honours

    • Early Career Partnership (2020, KNAW)
    • Investment Grant Medium (2018, Dutch National Science Foundation)
    • Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellowship (2017, European Commission)
    • Groot Nationaal Onderzoek (2017, KNAW and NTR)

    Involved in Research Priority Area

    Yield - The Bioecology of Human Development

  • Teaching & PhD Supervision
  • Publications

    2021

    2020

    2019

    2018

    2017

    • Bakker, B. N. (2017). Personality traits, income, and economic ideology. Political Psychology, 38(6), 1025–1041. https://doi.org/10.1111/pops.12349 [details]
    • van der Velden, P., van Wilsem, J., Bakker, B., Crutzen, R., Meuleman, R., & Lahlah, E. (2017). Voer voor psychologen: Het Longitudinal Internet Studies for the Social Sciences panel. De Psycholoog, 52(5), 32-41. [details]

    2016

    2015

    2021

    2020

    • Bakker, B. N. (Author), & Schumacher, G. (Author). (2020). #HotPoliticsLab corona-crisis-series: Talk by Professor Stuart Soroka. Digital or Visual Products, #Hot Politics Lab.

    2017

    • Bakker, B. (Author), Rooduijn, M. (Author), & Schumacher, G. (Author). (2017). Response to Schimpf and Schoen’s Response to Bakker, Rooduijn and Schumacher (2016). Web publication/site, OSFHOME. Retrieved from http://osf.io/5u8t6 [details]
    • Rosema, M., & Bakker, B. N. (2017). Social psychology and political behaviour. In L. Steg, K. Keizer, A. P. Buunk, & T. Rothengatter (Eds.), Applied Social Psychology: Understanding and Managing Social Problems (2 ed., pp. 319-341). Cambridge University Press. [details]

    2016

    2016

    • Bakker, B. (Author), Rooduijn, M. (Author), & Schumacher, G. (Author). (2016). Experimentje in een tentje – verslag van Lowlands Science. Web publication/site [details]
    • Bakker, B., Rooduijn, M., & Schumacher, G. (2016). The Populist Personality. In J. Sides, & H. Farrell (Eds.), The Science of Trump: Explaining the Rise of an Unlikely Candidate: Revised and updated essays from the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog The Monkey Cage. [details]

    Award

    • Bakker, B. & Lelkes, Y. (2019). Best paper award of the Political Communication Division.
    • Bakker, B. & Schumacher, G. (2019). Association for Politics and the Life Sciences Grant: “Yikes! Are we disgusted by politicians”.
    • Bakker, B. (2018). Artinian Travel Award.
    • Bakker, B. (2017). Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellowship.
    • Bakker, B. N. (2015). Travel grant from Populism Cost Action (1200 Euro).
    • Bakker, B. N. (2015). Conference grant from the International Society for Political Psychology (2300 Dollar).
    • Bakker, B. N. (2015). Conference Grant form the Royal Dutch Academy of Science (4500 Euro).

    Media appearance

    Journal editor

    • Bakker, B. (reviewer) (2017). American Political Science Review (Journal).
    • Bakker, B. (reviewer) (2017). Swiss Political Science Review (Journal).
    • Bakker, B. (reviewer) (2017). International Journal of Public Opinion Research (Journal).
    • Bakker, B. (reviewer) (2016). Acta Politica (Journal).
    • Bakker, B. (reviewer) (2016). Political Behavior (Journal).
    • Bakker, B. (reviewer) (2016). Acta Politica (Journal).
    • Bakker, B. (reviewer) (2016). European Journal of Political Research (Journal).
    • Bakker, B. (reviewer) (2016). International Journal of Public Opinion Research (Journal).
    • Bakker, B. (reviewer) (2016). Personality and Individual Differences (Journal).
    • Bakker, B. (reviewer) (2016). Swiss Political Science Review (Journal).
    • Bakker, B. (reviewer) (2016). Public Opinion Quarterly (Journal).
    • Bakker, B. (reviewer) (2016). International Journal of Public Opinion Research (Journal).
    • Bakker, B. (reviewer) (2016). Political Psychology (Journal).
    • Bakker, B. (reviewer) (2016). Political Communication (Journal).
    • Bakker, B. (reviewer) (2016). Acta Politica (Journal).
    • Bakker, B. (reviewer) (2016). Swiss Political Science Review (Journal).
    • Bakker, B. (reviewer) (2016). International Journal of Public Opinion Research (Journal).

    Talk / presentation

    • Bakker, B. (speaker) (26-5-2019). Understanding partisan cue receptivity: Tests from predictions from the bounded rationality and expressive utility perspectives, International Communication Association (ICA), Washington.
    • Bakker, B. (speaker) (5-4-2019). Ideological differences in threat sensitivity: Two conceptual and a pre-registered direct replication, Midwest Political Science Association Conference, Chicago.
    • Bakker, B. (speaker) (8-3-2019). Ideological differences in threat sensitivity: Two conceptual and a pre-registered direct replication, International Convention of Psychological Science (2019), Paris.
    • Bakker, B. (speaker) (26-1-2019). Ideological differences in threat sensitivity: Two conceptual and a pre-registered direct replication, MZES Open Social Science Conference, Mannheim.
    • Bakker, B. (speaker) (2017). Interactive Minds Centre: workshop on lab-in-the-field research, Aarhus University.
    • Bakker, B. (speaker) (2017). Department of Psychology: presentation, Tilburg University.
    • Bakker, B. (speaker) (2017). American Politics Working group: presentation, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (USA).
    • Bakker, B. (speaker) (2017). Centre for Journalism: workshop on lab-in-the-field research, University of Southern Denmark.
    • Bakker, B. (speaker) (2017). Jost Laboratory: presentation, New York University.
    • Bakker, B. (speaker) (2017). Department of Psychology: presentation, College of New Jersey.
    • Bakker, B. (speaker) (2017). Department of Communication Science: presentation, Radboud Universiteit.
    • Bakker, B. (speaker) (12-2-2016). Personality traits, income and economic ideology”., European University Institute.
    • Bakker, B. N. (invited speaker) (2-12-2015). Personality, income and ideology, Lecture at the Brown Bag Lecture Series, Graduate School of Science, University of Munster, Munster, Germany.
    • Bakker, B. N. (invited speaker) (3-6-2015). Personality traits and voting for populist parties: Evidence from the United States, the Netherlands and Germany, Invited lecture at the Department of Political Science, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.
    • Bakker, B. N. (invited speaker) (26-5-2015). The psychological roots of populist voting: Evidence from the United States, the Netherlands and Germany, Invited lecture at the Department of Political Science, University of Twente, Enschede.
    • Bakker, B. N. (invited speaker) (29-4-2015). Personality traits and voting for populist parties: Evidence from the United States, the Netherlands and Germany, Invited lecture at the Department of Political Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, USA.

    Others

    • Bakker, B. (organiser) (5-4-2019). Midwest Political Science Association Conference, Chicago. Organizer of a one-day conference-in-a-conference on "Advances in Physiology and Politics" during the MPSA 2019. (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Bakker, B. (visiting researcher) (1-9-2017 - 31-8-2018). Temple University (visiting an external institution).
    • Bakker, B. (organiser) & Fikkers, K. M. (organiser) (26-1-2017). Preconference Etmaal Communicatiewetenschap, Tilburg (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Bakker, B. (organiser), van der Toorn, J. (organiser) & Dechesne, M. (organiser) (1-12-2016). Dutch Political Psychology Meeting (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Lelkes, Y. (organiser), Bakker, B. N. (organiser) & Feinholdt, A. (organiser) (3-12-2015 - 4-12-2015). Dutch Political Psychology Meeting (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Bakker, B. N. (organiser), Lelkes, Y. (organiser), van der Toorn, J. (organiser) & Feinholdt, A. (organiser) (24-10-2014). Dutch Political Psychology Meeting, Amsterdam, 24 October 2014. (organising a conference, workshop, ...).

    2014

    • Bakker, B. N. (2014). "Personality and Politics: Personality and Politics: Direct and Indirect Associations between the Five Factor Model and Political Attitudes".
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