The Center for the Study of Partisanship and Ideology (CSPI) was formed in 2020 to help support underexplored ideas in political psychology and the social sciences. With the rise of populism, increasing polarization, and identity-based movements across the world, there has rarely been a better time to study these topics.

In recent years, observers have noted two large problems within academic research related to political topics. The first, which is the replication crisis, applies to psychology more generally and shows us that much research once thought to be well established does not stand up to empirical scrutiny. The second of these is political bias, which affects everything from how questions are framed to the scrutiny with which evidence is treated and even who gets hired in the field. All research communities have certain biases, and perhaps never more so than when the field of research is politics itself. One study even found that 38% of social and personality psychologists would discriminate against a conservative in hiring, a number that seems even more remarkable when one considers social desirability bias and the human tendency towards self-deception.

The CSPI is interested in funding and supporting research that can speak to these issues in the social sciences through grants and fellowships. We particularly seek out work that is unlikely to receive support elsewhere. See our home page for more about the kinds of research we are particularly interested in funding.

As a non-profit, donations to CSPI are tax deductible. If you would like to contribute to our mission, please e-mail us at contact@cspicenter.org.

Members Of The Board

Richard Hanania,


Richard is a former Research Fellow at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. His interests include personality differences between conservatives and liberals, morality in international politics, machine learning algorithms for text analysis, and American foreign policy. In addition to his academic work, he has written in The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. See his Google Scholar page here.

Members Of The Board

George Hawley,

Board Member, Research Fellow

George is an associate professor of political science at the University of Alabama. His research examines public opinion, demography, religion and politics, the conservative movement in America, and right-wing extremist movements. He is the author of six books and has written for venues such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, and The New York Daily News. Visit his personal website here.

Members Of The Board

Eric Kaufmann,

Board Member, Research Fellow

Eric Kaufmann is Professor of Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of Whiteshift: Immigration, Populism and the Future of White Majorities (Penguin/Abrams, 2018/19); Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth? (Profile Books 2010), The Rise and Fall of Anglo-America: The Decline Of Dominant Ethnicity In The United States (Harvard 2004) and The Orange Order (Oxford 2007), among others. He wrote a report for the think tank Demos entitled Changing Places: mapping the white British response to ethnic change (Demos 2014). He is co-editor, among others, of Political Demography (Oxford 2012) and editor of Rethinking Ethnicity: Majority Groups and Dominant Minorities (Routledge 2004). An editor of the journal Nations & Nationalism, he has written for The New York Times, Newsweek International, Foreign Affairs, New Statesman, National Review and Prospect and his work has been covered in major newspapers and magazines in the UK and US since 2007. His work has been cited over 1500 times since 2015. See his Google Scholar page here.

Suzie Mulesky

Research Fellow

Suzie Mulesky is a PhD candidate in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Southern California and a Visiting Scholar at Indiana University’s Ostrom Workshop. She evaluates how the hidden social and status motives for donating create perverse incentives for nongovernmental organizations. Her research interests include philanthropy, social signaling, effective altruism, human rights measurement, and bias in academic human rights research. In addition to her academic work, she has written for outlets such as The Washington Post and Quillette. Visit her personal website here.

Zachary Goldberg

Research Fellow

Zachary Goldberg is a PhD candidate in political science at Georgia State University. His current research focuses on the moral emotional and technological underpinnings of the ‘Great Awokening’-–the rapid and recent liberalization of racial and immigration attitudes among white liberals and Democrats. His work on this topic has been cited across various publications, including The New York Times, The New York Post, NPR, and The Wall Street Journal.  In addition to his academic work, he has previously written about his research and other topics for Tablet Magazine, Quillette, Scientific American, and The Fair Observer.

Philippe Lemoine

Research Fellow

Philippe Lemoine is a PhD candidate in philosophy at Cornell University. He works on logic and philosophy of science, but has been writing on a wide range of issues over the years, such as police violence, feminism, immigration and epidemiology. His work has been featured in various publications such as New York MagazineQuillette, The National Review, Le Figaro and Marianne. He is particularly interested in how the incentives structure in science often results in low quality research being not only published but also uncritically cited.

Jonah Davids


Jonah Davids is a master’s student in communication science research at the University of Amsterdam and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ryerson University. His interests include political psychology, public opinion, and philosophy of social science. In addition to assisting with CSPI research projects, Jonah produces the CSPI podcast.

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