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

Philipps-Universität Marburg
Fachbereich 04 – Psychologie
Gutenbergstr. 18
35032 Marburg

cohrsc [at]
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., McNeill, A., Vollhardt, J. R. (2015). The two-sided role of inclusive victimhood for intergroup reconciliation: Evidence from Northern Ireland. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 21, 634-647.

Cohrs, J. C., Uluğ, Ö. M., Stahel, L., & Kıslıoğlu, R. (2015). Ethos of conflict and beyond: Differentiating social representations of conflict. In E. Halperin & K. Sharvit (Eds.), The social psychology of intractable conflicts: Celebrating the legacy of Daniel Bar-Tal, volume 1 (pp. 33-45). New York, NY: Springer.

O’Dwyer, E., Lyons, E., & Cohrs, J. C. (2015). How Irish citizens negotiate foreign policy: A social representations approach to neutrality. Political Psychology. Advance online publication.

Stahel, L., & Cohrs, J. C. (2015). Socially shared representations of the Israel-Palestine conflict: An exploration among third parties. Conflict and communication online, 14(1).

Twose, G., & Cohrs, J. C. (2015). Psychology and human rights: Introduction to the special issue. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 21, 3-9.

Reese, G., Proch, J., & Cohrs, J. C. (2014). Individual differences in responses to global inequality. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 14, 217-238.

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

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. (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
2013-presentEditorial Board, Psicologia Sociale
2012-presentEditorial Board, Politische Psychologie/Journal of Political Psychology
2012-presentFounding Editor, Journal of Social and Political Psychology
2011-presentEditorial Board member, Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy
2009-2014Editorial 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