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Joshua Conrad Jackson

Assistant Professor
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Joshua Conrad Jackson studies how culture co-evolves with psychology, and is interested in how culture has shaped the mind throughout human history and continues to shape human futures. His studies consider the deep past, uncovering how historical patterns of migration, warfare, and urbanization have influenced human emotion, moral psychology, and religion. He also examines how contemporary trends, such as the rise of algorithms, climate change, and economic inequality, could impact people’s beliefs, values, and prejudices. Jackson is particularly interested in how human culture and psychology have adapted to living in a complex world.

His research has been published in Science, Nature Human Behavior, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, and Annual Review of Psychology. He has also written for The Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Scientific American. He won the SAGE Emerging Scholar Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the Dissertation Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, and the Society for Cross-Cultural Research John and Beatrice Whiting Memorial Award for Outstanding Student in Cross-Cultural Studies.

Jackson earned a BA in psychology with first class honors and a minor in East Asian history from McGill University. He completed a PhD in social psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Most recently, he was a Dispute Resolution Research Center postdoctoral research fellow at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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