Erin Hennes

Erin Hennes

Assistant Professor // Political Science

Curriculum vitae

Office and Contact

Room: PSYC 2168, BRNG 2216B


Phone: (765) 494-4833

Assistant Professor of Political Science and Psychological Sciences

Ph.D. New York University
B.A. Indiana University

Erin Hennes Website



American Politics
Environmental Politics



Purdue Climate Change Research Center
Center for the Environment


Research Summary

Dr. Hennes' research focuses on cognitive and motivated biases in information processing, particularly in the
context of contemporary sociopolitical issues such as environmental sustainability and racial and gender inequity. Much of this research examines how preferences for progressive vs. restorative social change influence cognitive processes. Dr. Hennes also conducts translational research that develops and examines the effectiveness of social change interventions. Finally, she is heavily involved in the development of new methods for supporting scientific best practice, with a focus on sample size determination.


National Institutes of Health,  Role: PI, $3,411,401 Toward a generalized framework and flexible software environment for power analysis of alcohol treatment randomized controlled trials. 2018-2023. Award number: R01AA027264.
FACE Foundation Thomas Jefferson Fund,  Role: PI $20,000 Make our planet great again: A cross-national comparison of the influence of restorative vs. progressive change frames on concern for environmental sustainability. 2018-2021

Selected Publications

Hennes, E. P., Kim, T., & Remache, L. R. (2020). "A Goldilocks Critique of the Hot Cognition Perspective on Climate Change
Skepticism." Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 34, 142-147.

Davis, T., Hennes, E. P., & Raymond, L. (2018). "Cultural Evolution of Normative Motivations for Sustainable Behaviour." Nature Sustainability, 1, 218-224.

Hennes, E. P., Ruisch, B. C., Feygina, I., Monteiro, C. A., & Jost, J. T. (2016). "Motivated Recall in the Service of the Economic System: The case of anthropogenic climate change." Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 145, 755-771.

Hennes, E. P., Nam, H. H., Stern, C., & Jost, J. T. (2012). "Not All Ideologies are Created Equal: Epistemic, existential, and relational needs predict system-justifying attitudes." Social Cognition, 30, 669-688.


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