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Prof. Dr. Christopher Cohrs (on parental leave)
Prof. Dr. Christopher Cohrs
Prof. Dr.
Professor of Psychology
Psychology & Methods

Campus Ring 1 28759 Bremen Germany

+49 421 200-3303
Research IV, Room 46
Research Interests: 
  • Prejudice and intergroup relations
  • Ideology and political attitudes
  • Social psychological peace research
University Education: 
2004Doctorate in Psychology (Dr. phil.), University of Bielefeld, Germany; dissertation: “Of Constructive Patriots and Black Sheep: National Identification and Commitment against Hostility to Foreigners” (available at
1994-2001Diploma studies in Psychology (equivalent to MSc), University of Bielefeld, Germany; diploma thesis: “Moral Evaluation of the Kosovo War: Effects of Political Attitudes, Media Use, and (Lack of) Political Knowledge”


Fellowships and Awards: 
2007Peace Psychology Early Career Award of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence – Peace Psychology Division (Division 48) of the American Psychological Association (APA)
2005-2007Postdoctoral fellowship of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, International Graduate College “Conflict and Cooperation between Social Groups” (IGC), Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany
2001-2003Doctoral scholarship of the Land North Rhine-Westphalia, University of Bielefeld, Germany


Research and Teaching Positions: 
2008-2012Lecturer (Social Psychology; full time), School of Psychology, Queen’s University Belfast, UK
2007-2008Assistant Professor (full-time), Department of Social Psychology, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany
2001Research Assistant, Learning and Cognition Section, University of Bielefeld, Germany




Cohrs, J. C., Christie, D. J., White, M. P., & Das, C. (2013). Contributions of positive psychology to peace: Toward global well-being and resilience. American Psychologist, 68, 590-600.


McKeever, E. R., Reed, R., Pehrson, S., Storey, L., & Cohrs, J. C. (2013). How racist violence becomes a virtue: An application of discourse analysis. International Journal of Conflict and Violence, 7, 108-120.


Cohrs, J. C. (2013). Threat and authoritarianism: Some theoretical and methodological comments. International Journal of Psychology, 48, 50-54.


Cohrs, J. C. (2012). Ideological bases of violent conflict. In L. R. Tropp (Ed.), Oxford handbook of intergroup conflict (pp. 53-71) New York: Oxford University Press.


Cohrs, J. C., Asbrock, F., & Sibley, C. G. (2012). Friend or foe, champ or chump? Social conformity and superiority goals activate warmth- versus competence-based social categorization schemas. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3, 471-478.


Cohrs, J. C., Kämpfe-Hargrave, N., & Riemann, R. (2012). Individual differences in ideological attitudes and prejudice: Evidence from peer-report data. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103, 343-361.


Fritsche, I., Cohrs, J. C., Kessler, T., & Bauer, J. (2012). Global warming is breeding social conflict: The subtle impact of climate change threat on authoritarian tendencies. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 32, 1-10.


For a full list, see Please email me if you would like an electronic copy of any of my publications.


Other Professional Activities: 
2013-presentChairperson, German Peace Psychology Association
2012-presentFounding Editor, Journal of Social and Political Psychology
2011-presentEditorial Board member, Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy
2009-presentEditorial Board member, European Journal of Social Psychology
2009-presentAdvisory Board member, Book series "Peace Psychology", Springer SBM (edited by Daniel J. Christie)
2009-presentEditor, Book series "Politische Psychologie", Springer VS (with Andreas Zick)
2008-presentEditorial Board member, Political Psychology
2007-presentSteering Committee member, International Network of Psychologists for Social Responsibility
2001-presentExecutive Board member, German Peace Psychology Association
2011-2013Associate Editor, Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology
2010-2013Governing Council member, International Society of Political Psychology
2008-2010Editorial Board member, Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology