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

Our divided times are an opportunity for empathy. Really.

The Key to Political Persuasion

Elizabeth Warren, caught in the electability trap

Is the Environment a Moral Cause?

Why Progressive Candidates Should Invoke Conservative Values

The Republican tax bill will probably make rich people greedier. Here's why.

Featured Videos

Pink, Sophia L., Michael Stagnaro, James Chu, Joe Mernyk, Jan G. Voelkel, and Robb Willer. 2020. "Five Experimental Tests of the Effects of Short Messages on Compliance with COVID-19 Public Health Guidelines." PsyArXiv Preprint.

Jan Voelkel, Joseph Mernyk, and Robb Willer. 2020. "Resolving the Progressive Paradox: Conservative Value Framing of Progressive Economic Policies Increases Candidate Support." PsyArXiv Preprint.

Yuan Chang Leong, Janice Chen, Robb Willer, Jamil Zaki. 2020. "Conservative and liberal attitudes drive polarized neural responses to political content." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Jay van Bavel, ...., Robb Willer. 2020. "Using social and behavioural science to support COVID-19 pandemic response." Nature Human Behaviour.


Our op-ed on the value of political empathy


New York Times discusses our research on masculinity and politics


Quoted on having better political conversations in Teen Vogue


Interviewed for the "We Are Not Divided" project



INSEAD Singapore


Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences


Anderson School of Management, UCLA


Behavioral Science and Covid-19 Vaccine Acceptance: A Conversation


Negotiations, Organizations, and Markets, Harvard Business School


Justice and Morality Preconference, SPSP Annual Meeting

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