The University of Massachusetts Amherst

A Quarter Century of System Justification Theory: Questions, Answers, Criticisms, and Societal Applications

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Room 420, Thompson Hall, 200 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003
In this seminar, John Jost (New York University | Psychology) will summarize major tenets of system justification theory, review some of the empirical evidence supporting it, answer several questions and criticisms, and highlight areas of societal relevance and directions for future research. A theory of system justification was proposed 25 years ago by Jost and Banaji (1994) to explain “the participation by disadvantaged individuals and groups in negative stereotypes of themselves” and the phenomenon of outgroup favoritism. The scope of the theory was subsequently expanded to account for a much wider range of outcomes. 
 
John T. Jost is Professor of Psychology and Politics and Co-Director of the Center for Social and Political Behavior at New York University. His research addresses stereotyping, prejudice, political ideology, and system justification theory.
 
Dr. Jost's talk is sponsored by the ISSR Scholars Program with co-sponsorship by the Institute of Diversity Sciences, Psychology of Peace and Violence Program, and Department of Political Science at UMass Amherst.