John Jost

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John T. Jost
Born1968 (age 51–52)
EducationDuke University, University of Cincinnati, Yale University
Known forPolitical behavior, intergroup relations
Orsolya Hunyady
(m. 2001)
Children2 daughters
AwardsSociety of Experimental Social Psychology's Career Trajectory Award (2010)
Scientific career
FieldsSocial psychology
Political psychology
InstitutionsNew York University
Doctoral advisorWilliam J. McGuire

John Thomas Jost (born 1968)[1] is a social psychologist best known for his work on system justification theory and the psychology of political ideology. Jost received his AB degree in Psychology and Human Development from Duke University (1989) and his PhD in Social and Political Psychology from Yale University (1995), where he was the last doctoral student of William J. McGuire.[2][3]

Jost has contributed extensively to the study of stereotyping, prejudice, intergroup relations, social justice, and political psychology. In collaboration with Mahzarin Banaji, he proposed a theory of system justification processes in 1994, and in collaboration with Jack Glaser, Arie Kruglanski, and Frank Sulloway he proposed a theory of political ideology as motivated social cognition in 2003. Since 2003, he has been on the faculty of New York University, where he is Professor of Psychology and Politics (Affiliated Appointment). Jost is a member of numerous professional organizations and societies, and was President of the International Society of Political Psychology from 2015 to 2016.[3]


Jost's awards include the following:[3]

  • 2010 – Society of Experimental Social Psychology: Career Trajectory Award
  • 2007 - International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution, Columbia University: Morton Deutsch Award for Distinguished Scholarly and Practical Contributions to Social Justice
  • 2005 - International Society for Self and Identity: Outstanding Early Career Award
  • 2004 – International Society of Political Psychology: Erik Erikson Early Career Award
  • 2003 - Society for Personality and Social Psychology: Theoretical Innovation Award
  • 1993, 2006, 2007 - Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues: Gordon Allport Award



  1. ^ Jost, John (2016). "Jost, John" (PDF). Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. Springer International Publishing.
  2. ^ Dowding, Keith (February 2011). Encyclopedia of Power. SAGE. p. 358. ISBN 9781412927482.
  3. ^ a b c "John Jost". New York University.

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