Kevin Lanning

Personality psychologist with interests in social/political psychology, computational methods, and, in my spare time, photography.
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Computational Social Science

Computational social science is traditionally understood as lying at the intersection of the social sciences, statistics, and computer science, though it arguably requires additional skills, including the ability to collaborate and to communicate. My current work focuses on network, text analysis, and the nature of team science.

The structure of social and personality psychology

In a series of papers, I've used bibliographic couplings (above) to model the empirical structure of personality-social psychology (e.g., Lanning, 2017).


A TEDx talk

In this 15 minute video from a few years back, I considered and other ways in which network science will inform - and perhaps transform - tomorrow's universities.

Psychology and Politics

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

4Personality and ideology

Why are 'walls' so important? The concept is arguably a primitive (basic) one in political psychology. A preregistered project on Trump, permeability, and personality is in progress).

2The psychology of elections

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

3Freedom 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). A brief paper is here.


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, Personality and Social Development, History and systems of psychology, and Psychometrics and psychological testing



Interdisciplinary courses

Recent offerings have included Political psychology, Behavioral Economics/Thinking and Decision Making, and Psychology of Terrorism, as well as Introduction to Data 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).