About ISPP

About ISPP

ISPP is an interdisciplinary organization representing all fields of inquiry concerned with exploring the relationships between political and psychological processes. Members include psychologists, political scientists, psychiatrists, historians, sociologists, economists, anthropologists, as well as journalists, government officials and others. The Society is also international, with members from all regions of the world: the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Oceania, and Africa.


The Society is a nonprofit scientific, educational, and non-partisan organization with the following purposes:

  1. To establish a community of scholars and concerned individuals in universities, government, the communications media, and elsewhere, who have scientific and practical interests in examining the relationship between political and psychological phenomena;
  2. To facilitate communication of scientific research, theory, and practice across disciplinary, national, and ideological boundaries, both among members of the Society and those outside the Society;
  3. To increase the theoretical and practical significance of political psychology both inside and outside academia.  Practical significance shall be guided by the principles of universal human rights;
  4. To provide mutual support among members of their freedom to generate and disseminate their findings and ideas.
  5. To promote the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion, both within the Society and its governance and operations, and outside the Society in the world at large.


The International Society of Political Psychology was founded by Jeanne N. Knutson of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles in 1978. Since that time, the Society has grown to over 800 members who share this area of scholarly interest.

ISPP has established a tradition of scholarly excellence at its annual meetings. Each meeting since the first one in New York City in September of 1978 has brought together hundreds of conferees in a multi-day program of intensive workshops, panel discussions, invited addresses, and special events. Society meetings generally offer over 100 panels, round tables, and workshops, with over 300 presentations. The locations of annual meetings rotate between North America, Europe and other locations around the globe.

The Society is honored by many exceptional scholars and distinguished individuals who are committed members. Throughout its history, the ISPP has offered encouragement to those who actively engaged in a wide spectrum of disciplinary approaches to political psychology. We seek to bring together all who share our interest from all regions of the world, welcoming new members. Members receive reduced registration fees at annual scientific meetings; the Society’s journal, Political Psychology; free online access to both Political Psychology and Advances in Political Psychology, the annual journal supplement; ISPPNews, the Society’s newsletter; and voting privileges for the Society’s elected officers.