LINDA J. SKITKA is a professor and the associate chair of psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests bridge a number of areas of inquiry including social, political, and moral psychology. Her more than 75 academic publications cover topics such as the psychological foundations and consequences of moral conviction, how attitudes rooted in moral convictions differ in consequence and kind from otherwise strong but non-moral attitudes, the psychological underpinnings of the left-right political divide, political intolerance, reactions to terrorism, how people reason about justice, and automation bias. Dr. Skitka’s research has been supported by research grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Dr. Skitka is currently an associate editor for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Attitudes and Social Cognition, an advisory editor for Psychological Science, and a consulting editor for Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Political Psychology, Social Justice Research, and Basic and Applied Social Psychology. She was the Chairperson of the Consortium for Social Psychological and Personality Science, a joint venture of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, the Association for Research in Personality, the European Society for Social Psychology, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, created to launch the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, now the major short reports journal for social and personality psychology. In addition to these current service activities, she is the past president of the International Society for Justice Research, executive committee member of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, associate editor for the Journal for Experimental Social Psychology and Social Justice Research, National Science Foundation review panel member, and Committee of Visitors for the National Science Foundation member.