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Jan Gerrit Voelkel

Jan Gerrit Voelkel
Ph.D. Student, Sociology, Stanford University
B.S., Social Sciences, University of Cologne, 2015
M.S., Social and Behavioral Sciences, Tilburg University, 2017


Jan studies political persuasion, group conflicts, and meta-science. He is interested in (a) why different political and ideological groups fight with each other, (b) under which circumstances people have constructive and effective discourse about moral and political issues, and (c) what are the best ways to conduct research and make scientific progress. Methodologically, Jan combines experiments with text analyses and is currently running his first mass collaboration project. In his spare time, he coaches The Snails, an aspiring soccer team, with a strong focus on structure and triangles, enjoys playing padel and tennis, and works on his credibility for future rap & science projects.

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Dec 29 2020 | Washington Post
"In his victory speech last month, President-elect Joe Biden urged Americans 'to see each other again, listen to each other again.' The moment felt like an opportunity to connect and heal. Political scientist Ian Bremmer tweeted: 'Now is the time for every Biden supporter to reach out to one person...
Mar 5 2020 | The New York Times
Elizabeth Warren and the Curse of ‘Electability’ There are many reasons for Warren dropping out. But a key one may have been the near-constant refrains about her “electability.” For the last few days, a meme has been circulating on social media: It features an illustration of Senator Elizabeth...