Kevin Lanning

I am a personality and political psychologist. Some of my interests are described below. My CV and contacts are here:

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Psychology and Politics

My training is in psychology and measurement.  Much of my recent work is in political psychology.

The psychology of elections

My edited collections on the social psychology of the 2004, 2008, and (soon) the 2012 US presidential elections appear in the journal Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy.

Freedom and equality

The war on terror has laid bare tensions not merely between freedom and security, but also between freedom (civil liberties) and equality (civil rights).

Personality and ideology

My current work considers how attitudes towards permeable boundaries - conceptions such as flexibility and integrity - underlie individual differences in ideology. (Data from YouGov/Economist poll).

Network science and higher education

I've recently begun examining some of the ways in which network science can inform higher education and the social sciences.

Synergies between scholars

A network based on bibliographic couplings (above) can provide a non-arbitrary structure of an intellectual community.

The structure of social issues

A rudimentary survey of academic interests can provide insights into interrelations between topics of study, including social issues.

A TEDx talk

In this 15 minute video, I consider these and other ways in which network science will inform - and perhaps transform - tomorrow's universities.


I am a professor at the Wilkes Honors College of FAU, where I teach a range of classes in psychology and the social sciences.


Courses in psychology

Regularly taught courses include Personality, History and systems of psychology, and Psychometrics and psychological testing


Interdisciplinary courses

include Political psychology, Thinking and decision making, Equality and inequality, and Mathematical foundations of behavioral science

Research supervision

FAU students interested in working with me should contact me via email or by visiting me during office hours (WB 220, Jupiter campus).