• Publications

    Sheehy-Skeffington, Jennifer, and Lotte Thomsen. "Ideology as a Moral-Relational Language." Psychological Inquiry 34, no. 1 (2023): 35-42.

    Baron, Denise, Benjamin Lauderdale, and Jennifer Sheehy‐Skeffington. "A Leader Who Sees the World as I Do: Voters Prefer Candidates Whose Statements Reveal Matching Social‐Psychological Attitudes." Political Psychology (2023).

    Sheehy-Skeffington, Jennifer, Nour S. Kteily, Arnold K. Ho, and Lotte Thomsen. "James H.(Jim) Sidanius (1945–2021)." (2022).

    Eftedal, Nikolai Haahjem, Thomas Haarklau Kleppestø, Nikolai Olavi Czajkowski, Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington, Espen Røysamb, Olav Vassend, Eivind Ystrom, and Lotte Thomsen. "Justice sensitivity is undergirded by separate heritable motivations to be morally principled and opportunistic." Scientific reports 12, no. 1 (2022): 5402.

    Waldfogel, Hannah B., Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington, Oliver P. Hauser, Arnold K. Ho, and Nour S. Kteily. "Ideology selectively shapes attention to inequality." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118, no. 14 (2021): e2023985118.

    Obradović, Sandra, Séamus A. Power, and Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington. "Understanding the psychological appeal of populism." Current Opinion in Psychology 35 (2020): 125-131.

    Obradović, Sandra, and Jennifer Sheehy‐Skeffington. "Power, identity, and belonging: A mixed‐methods study of the processes shaping perceptions of EU integration in a prospective member state." European Journal of Social Psychology 50, no. 7 (2020): 1425-1442.

    Sheehy-Skeffington, Jennifer. "The effects of low socioeconomic status on decision-making processes." Current opinion in psychology 33 (2020): 183-188.

    Sheehy-Skeffington, Jennifer, and Lotte Thomsen. "Egalitarianism: Psychological and socio-ecological foundations." Current opinion in psychology 32 (2020): 146-152.

    Sheehy-Skeffington, Jennifer. "Inequality from the bottom up: Toward a “Psychological Shift” model of decision-making under socioeconomic threat." The social psychology of inequality (2019): 213-231.

    Kleppestø, Thomas Haarklau, Nikolai Olavi Czajkowski, Olav Vassend, Espen Røysamb, Nikolai Haahjem Eftedal, Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington, Jonas R. Kunst, and Lotte Thomsen. "Correlations between social dominance orientation and political attitudes reflect common genetic underpinnings." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116, no. 36 (2019): 17741-17746.

    Sheehy-Skeffington, Jennifer, and Lotte Thomsen. "A theory of how evolved psychology underpins attitudes towards societal economics must go beyond exchanges and averages." Behav. Brain Sci 41 (2018): e187.

    Baron, Denise, Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington, and Nour Kteily. "Ideology and perceptions of inequality." Belief systems and the perception of reality (2018): 45-62.

    Sheehy-Skeffington, Jennifer. "Decision-making up against the wall: A framework for understanding the behavioural dimension of low socioeconomic status." Socio-economic environment and human psychology: Social, ecological, and cultural perspectives 1 (2018): 105-128.

    Price, Michael E., Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington, James Sidnaius, and Nicholas Pound. "Is sociopolitical egalitarianism related to bodily and facial formidability in men?." Evolution and Human Behavior 38, no. 5 (2017): 626-634.

    Sidanius, Jim, Sarah Cotterill, Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington, Nour Kteily, and Héctor Carvacho. "Social dominance theory: Explorations in the psychology of oppression." The Cambridge handbook of the psychology of prejudice (2017): 149-187.

    Kteily, Nour S., Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington, and Arnold K. Ho. "Hierarchy in the eye of the beholder:(Anti-) egalitarianism shapes perceived levels of social inequality." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 112, no. 1 (2017): 136.

    Bratt, Christopher, Jim Sidanius, and Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington. "Shaping the development of prejudice: Latent growth modeling of the influence of social dominance orientation on outgroup affect in youth." Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 42, no. 12 (2016): 1617-1634.

    Frankenhuis, Willem E., and Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington. "Psychological responses to fluctuating environments [Commentary on Quinlan et al., 2016]." (2016).

    Ho, Arnold K., Jim Sidanius, Nour Kteily, Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington, Felicia Pratto, Kristin E. Henkel, Rob Foels, and Andrew L. Stewart. "The nature of social dominance orientation: Theorizing and measuring preferences for intergroup inequality using the new SDO₇ scale." Journal of personality and social psychology 109, no. 6 (2015): 1003.

    Soylu, Soydan, and Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington. "Asymmetric intergroup bullying: The enactment and maintenance of societal inequality at work." human relations 68, no. 7 (2015): 1099-1129.

    Kteily, Nour, Sarah Cotterill, Jim Sidanius, Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington, and Robin Bergh. "“Not one of us” predictors and consequences of denying ingroup characteristics to ambiguous targets." Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 40, no. 10 (2014): 1231-1247.

    Thomsen, Lotte, Milan Obaidl, Jennifer Anne Sheehy-Skeffington, Nour Kteily, and James Sidanius. "Individual differences in relational motives interact with the political context to produce terrorism and terrorism-support." Behavioral and brain sciences (2014).

    Sidanius, Jim, Nour Kteily, Jennifer Sheehy‐Skeffington, Arnold K. Ho, Chris Sibley, and Bart Duriez. "You're inferior and not worth our concern: The interface between empathy and social dominance orientation." Journal of personality 81, no. 3 (2013): 313-323.

    Sheehy-Skeffington, J. E. N. N. I. F. E. R. "Capturing sociological concepts with psychological rigor: a commentary on Türken & Rudmin (2013)." Psychology & Society 5, no. 2 (2013): 90-93.

    Ho, Arnold K., Jim Sidanius, Felicia Pratto, Shana Levin, Lotte Thomsen, Nour Kteily, and Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington. "Social dominance orientation: Revisiting the structure and function of a variable predicting social and political attitudes." Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 38, no. 5 (2012): 583-606.

  • Manuscripts in Preparation and Under Review

    Kachanoff, F. J., Sheehy-Skeffington, J., Ho, A. K., Richeson, J., & Kteily, N. S. (2023). "Beliefs About What Disadvantaged Groups Would Do With Power Shape Advantaged Groups’ (Un)Willingness to Relinquish It." Revise & Resubmit at Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

    Sheehy-Skeffington, J., Sidanius, J., & Price, M. (2023). "Cognition in Context: How the Salience of Societal Status and the Framing of Tasks can Enhance Socioeconomic Disparities in Academic Attainment." Under review at Journal of Social Issues.

    Kleppesto, T. H., Czajkowski, N. O., Sheehy-Skeffington, J., Vassend, O., Røysamb, E., Eftedal, N. H., … Thomsen, L. (2023). "The genetic underpinnings of right-wing authoritarianism and social dominance orientation explain political attitudes beyond Big Five personality." Under review at Journal of Personality.

    Sheehy-Skeffington, J. & Dhingra, M. (2023)." Decision-making in Context: Toward a globally-relevant psychology of inequality." Ready for submission to Nature Reviews Psychology.

    Buzan, J. #, & Sheehy-Skeffington, J. (2023). "From middle-class education to middle-class careers? How student financial adversity predicts deprioritising jobs with the best long-term career progression." In preparation as an invited submission for Journal of Social Issues.

    Sheehy-Skeffington, J., Pound, N., & Price, M. (2023). "Does scarcity impair or modulate cognition? Evidence that hunger’s damaging impact on cognitive performance is limited to non-food-related stimuli." Manuscript in preparation.

    Sheehy-Skeffington, J., Paiwand, S.#, & Baron, D. # (2023). "The subjective side of neoliberalism: Introducing the Marketised Self Scale." Manuscript in preparation.

    Sheehy-Skeffington, J. (2023). Out of my hands: Low socioeconomic status diminishes personal sense of control. Manuscript in preparation.

    Sheehy-Skeffington, J. & Sidanius, J. (2023). Power on my side: Approach orientation tracks the power positions of shared group members. Manuscript in preparation.

    Cano, I. #, & Sheehy-Skeffington, J.  (2023). Income and perceived control: What can governments do? Manuscript in preparation.

    Buzan, J., & Sheehy-Skeffington, J. † (2023). Constraints of the ‘here and now’: Present-oriented health behaviours are predicted by subjective and objective financial strain, mediated by perceived control. Manuscript in preparation.

    Sheehy-Skeffington, J., Kunst, J. R., & Thomsen, L. (2022). Ideology as the expression of universal, elementary relational motives applied between groups: The Between-group Relational Orientation Scale (BRO). Manuscript in preparation.

  • Published Research Reports

    Rickett, B., Easterbrook, M., Sheehy-Skeffington, J., Reavey, P., & Woolhouse, M. (2022). "Psychology of social class-based inequalities: Policy implications for a revised (2010) UK Equality Act. "The British Psychological Society. Available at

    Murphy, P., Burford, D., McWha, I., Sheehy-Skeffington, J., & Byrne, C. (2021). "From Poverty to Flourishing: Agency and Empowerment." The British Psychological Society. Available at:

    Sheehy-Skeffington, J. & Rea, J. (2017). "How poverty affects people's decision-making processes." Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Available at:

    Sheehy-Skeffington, J., & Haushofer, J. (2014). "The Behavioural Economics of Poverty. In Barriers and Opportunities at the Base of the Pyramid: The Role of the Private Sector in Inclusive Development." Istanbul: UNDP Istanbul International Centre for Private Sector in Development. Available at:

    Sheehy-Skeffington, J. (2009). "Stability and spread of ideas: An ‘epidemiological’ approach to communication across cultures." Salisbury: Defence Science and Technology Laboratory.

    Sheehy-Skeffington, J. (2009). "Understanding and tracking the maintenance of radical beliefs." Salisbury: Defence Science and Technology Laboratory.

    Sheehy-Skeffington, J. (2008). "Maintenance of radical beliefs: A review of the academic literature." Salisbury: Defence Science and Technology Laboratory.

    Sheehy-Skeffington, J., Charles, I., & Hart, C. (2007). "International students and local communities: Measuring the impacts and working to improve them." London: HOST UK.

  • Articles for a Popular Audience

    Sheehy-Skeffington, J. (2022). "Why we shouldn’t push a positive mindset on those in poverty." Psyche, February 2022.

    Sheehy-Skeffington, J. (2021). "Taking context seriously." The Psychologist, 34, 50-53.

    Sheehy-Skeffington, J. (2017). "When should government intervene?" [Review of the book The Ethics of Influence, by C. Sunstein]. Prospect Magazine, January 2017.

    Sheehy-Skeffington, J. (2016). "Human nature in society." British Academy Review, 28 (Summer 2016).

    Sheehy-Skeffington, J. (2015). "Behavioural insights in the age of austerity: How the new ‘psychology of poverty’ can help us to stay focused on society." Angle Journal, 13.