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Robb Willer is a Professor of Sociology, Psychology (by courtesy), and Organizational Behavior (by courtesy) and the Director of the Polarization and Social Change Lab at Stanford University

He studies politics, morality, cooperation, and status.

Popular Writing
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More Republican politicians are endorsing vaccination. It just might work.

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The Key to Political Persuasion

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How to convince Republicans to get vaccinated

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Elizabeth Warren, caught in the electability trap

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Why Progressive Candidates Should Invoke Conservative Values

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Is the Environment a Moral Cause?

Featured Videos
Research
Media
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Corbett, C.*, Voelkel, J.*, Cooper, M., Willer, R., (In Press). Pragmatic Bias Impedes Women's Access to Political Leadership. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

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Lang, D., Esbenshade, L., Willer, R. (In Press). Did Ohio's Vaccine Lottery Increase Vaccination Rates? A Pre-Registered, Synthetic Control Study. Journal of Experimental Political Science.

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Chu, J., Pink, S. L., & Willer, R. (2021). Religious Identity Cues Increase Vaccination Intentions and Trust in Medical Experts among American Christians. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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9/29/21

New York Times discusses our paper on support for democracy

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8/18/21

PolitiFact covers our research on the effectiveness of vaccine lotteries

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8/4/21

Our research on the effects of vaccine lotteries cited in Science

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8/2/21

Our op-ed on Republican endorsements of vaccination in Washington Post

Talks

6/10/21

Science of Moral Understanding Summer Series, UNC-Chapel Hill

4/28/21

Negotiations, Organizations, and Markets, Harvard Business School

5/12/21

Behavior Change for Good, Behavioral Science & COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance miniconference

4/22/21

Pandemic Action Network

4/30/21

Anderson School of Management, UCLA

4/19/21

Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences

Podcast Appearances
Work in Progress

12/14/20

Interviewed about the benefits of gossip on You are Not So Smart

9/9/20

Discussed COVID-19 research on Two Psychologists Four Beers

2/19/20

Discussed the replication crisis on Two Psychologists Four Beers

Clayton, K. & Willer, R. Endorsements from Republican Politicians Can Increase Confidence in U.S. Elections. 

Mernyk, J. S., Pink, S. L., Druckman, J., & Willer, R. Correcting Inaccurate Metaperceptions Reduces Americans’ Support for Partisan Violence.

Voelkel, J. G., Chu, J., Stagnaro, M., Mernyk, J. S., Redekopp, C., Pink, S. L., … Willer, R. Interventions Reducing Affective Polarization Do Not Improve Anti-Democratic Attitudes.