Since early 2019, I have been working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Psychology, University of Amsterdam (UvA) and been affiliated with Amsterdam Interdisciplinary Centre for Emotion (AICE), Amsterdam Cultural Psychology Lab, and Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR).
Postdoctoral supervisors: Agneta Fischer and Jan Willem Duyvendak (funded by H2020 research project DEMOS).
My research interests encompass the areas of political psychology (extremism and populism), conspiracy mentality and misinformation, social identity (ingroup vs. outgroup; intergroup relations), affective science (basic emotions and appraisal theory), cultural psychology (cultural aspects of stereotyping and racism), threat and terror management theory, perspective-taking and affective polarization in online-communication, political rhetoric/discourse and pragmatics, sociology of emotions, computational social science, digital communication science as well as hate speech and abusive language across different data types and media contents. For this purpose, my co-authors and I deploy a combination of (computational) methods, such as big data analytics, deep learning algorithms, survey research (longitudinal and cross-sectional), and experimental designs (within-subjects and between-subjects).
So far, my postdoctoral research collaborations (publications either work in progress or under review) have included:
- Affective science and extremism (socio-psychological and emotional factors of populism; w/ Tisa Bertlich, Agneta Fischer and Jan Willem Duyvendak).
- Affective science and public health (conspiracy mentality and emotional responses to the COVID-19 threat w/ Agneta Fischer).
- Affective processes in political contexts (developing a socio-psychological narrative theory on emotions and sentiments in socio-political contexts; w/ Agneta Fischer and Ira Roseman).
- Political psychology (emotions, threats and conspiracy mentality; w/ Agneta Fischer and Jan- Willem van Prooijen).
- Computational social science (computational modeling of conspiracy mentality and misinformation).
- Network psychometrics (a psychological network approach to populist mindsets and emotions; w/ Tisa Bertlich, Jonas Dalege and Agneta Fischer).
- Cognitive processing (populism, emotional appeals, news framing and need for cognitive closure; w/ Agneta Fischer).
- Sociology of emotions (the role of emotions in the narratives of Dutch radical-right supporters; w/ Agneta Fischer and Jan Willem Duyvendak).
- Computer science (computational modeling of natural language, polarization as well as emotions and their role in increasing empathy and perspective-taking across social media discussions; w/ Tijs van den Broek and Dong Nguyen).
- Computer science (computational modeling of populist rhetoric, media bias, emotions, social identity, metaphor and framing; w/ Ekaterina Shutova and Agneta Fischer).
- Digital communication science (effects of issue ownership on populist support; w/ Eftychia Stamkou).