International Society of Political Psychology

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The International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP) is an interdisciplinary not-for-profit organization, representing all fields of enquiry involved with the exploration of relationships between both psychological and political processes and phenomena. Members include psychologists, political scientists, psychiatrists, historians, sociologists, economists, anthropologists, as well as journalists, government officials and others. The Society is also international, with members from all regions of the world: the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. The Central Office is located in North Carolina, USA. The Society is honored by many exceptional scholars and distinguished individuals who are committed members. Throughout its history, the ISPP has offered encouragement to those who actively engaged in a wide spectrum of disciplinary approaches to political psychology. ISPP seeks to bring together all who share their interest from all regions of the world, and welcomes new members. Members receive the Society's journal, Political Psychology and also access to the annual Advances in Political Psychology; ISPPNews, the Society's newsletter; reduced registration fees at ISPP's Annual Scientific Meeting; occasional discounts on non-ISPP publications; and voting privileges. ISPP has the following stated aims:

  • To establish a community which has an interest in examining the relationship between political and psychological phenomena;
  • To facilitate communication across boundaries;
  • To increase the significance of political psychology;
  • To provide support amongst members in order to generate and disseminate their findings and ideas.

In January 1978, the International Society of Political Psychology was founded by Jeanne N. Knutson of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles. Since that time, the Society has grown to over 800 members who share this area of scholarly interest.

Annual meeting[edit]

ISPP has established a tradition of scholarly excellence at its annual meetings. Each meeting since the first one in New York City in September 1978 has brought together hundreds of conferees in a four-day program of intensive workshops, panel discussions, invited addresses, and special events. Society meetings generally offer over 100 panels, round tables, and workshops, with over 300 presentations. In 2011, ISPP also initiated its Summer Academy during three days preceding the annual meeting. The Summer Academy aims to train interested faculty and students in both foundational and cutting-edge research in the area of political psychology. The locations of the Summer Academy and annual meetings rotate between North America, Europe and other locations around the globe.


The Society publishes its own journal, Political Psychology.[1] The journal of the International Society of Political Psychology is dedicated to the analysis of the interrelationships between psychological and political processes. International contributors draw on a diverse range of sources, including cognitive psychology, political science, economics, history, international relations, philosophy, political theory, sociology, and social and clinical psychology.

Advances in Political Psychology[edit]

The second publication of the International Society of Political Psychology, Advances in Political Psychology is published once each year. Given the continued growth and explosion of information and interest in political psychology, ISPP sensed there was an increasing need for a place where cumulative research findings and theoretical developments are synthesized and integrated in a form accessible to the scholar, student, and practitioner. The Advances in Political Psychology annual series is intended to fill this need by recording the state of the field and highlighting innovative developments so that those who are interested can keep abreast of what is happening in political psychology. Each annual volume includes a selection articles that capture the diversity of subject matter studied by political psychologists.



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