Jon A. Krosnick

Jon A. Krosnick
2020-2021
Frederic O. Glover Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences
Professor of Communication
Professor of Political Science

Winner of the American Association for Public Opinion Research’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Nevitt Sanford Award from the International Society of Political Psychology, Jon Krosnick is Frederic O. Glover Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor of Communication, Professor of Political Science, and (by courtesy) Professor of Psychology at Stanford, director of the Political Psychology Research Group at Stanford, and Research Psychologist at the U.S. Census Bureau, and served as co-principal investigator of the American National Election Studies.  Dr. Krosnick has studied how Americans’ political attitudes are formed, change, and shape thinking and action.  He has studied the causes of candidate choice, what influences people’s decisions about whether to vote, how the news media influence public opinion, and more.  He has also done extensive research on questionnaire design and survey research methodology, having taught courses for professionals and serving as a methodology consultant to government agencies, commercial firms, and academic scholars.

Book: The Cambridge handbook of implicit bias and racism

During the past century, racial attitudes in America have radically transformed multiple times. The country shifted from one of explicit separation and discrimination to one endorsing multiculturalism and implementing policies in many arenas of life to level the playing field and compensate for past discrimination.  And national surveys measuring documented a steady trend of increasing endorsement of this new view.  Yet racism-driven events continued to occur, setting the stage for “implicit bias” to come front and center in national discussions.  And the 2020 explosion of explicit racism on the national stage challenged the presumption that all racism in the country had become implicit, operating outside of people’s conscious awareness.

This book summarizes the proceedings of a conference convened by the National Science Foundation, bringing together leading scholars on implicit and explicit racism, to take stock of what we know, what we need to learn, and how best to proceed with a new generation of research on racism using quantitative social and behavioral science methods.  Central to the proceedings was in-depth comparison explicit and implicit racism, to gauge their prevalence and impact in contemporary society.  The new empirical work offers reasons to revise what we thought we knew and paves a pathway for exciting future research.

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