Pontus Leander

Pontus Leander

Associate Professor of Social Psychology
Director, Center for Peace and Conflict Studies


Curriculum vitae




Pontus Leander



Research interest(s)/area of expertise

Motivation in social contexts


Ph.D., Duke University, 2009

Selected publications

  • Leander, N. P., Kreienkamp, J., Agostini, M., Stroebe, W., Gordijn, E. H., & Kruglanski, A. W. (2020). Biased hate crime perceptions can reveal supremacist sympathies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America , 17, 19072-19079. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1916883117
  • Leander, N. P., Agostini, M., Stroebe, W., Kreienkamp, J., Spears, R., Kuppens, T., Otten, S., van Zomeren, M., & Kruglanski, A. W. (2020). Frustration-<i>affirmation</i>? Thwarted goals motivate compliance with social norms for violence and nonviolence. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 119(2), 249–271. doi: 10.1037/pspa0000190
  • Leander, N. P., Stroebe, W., Kreienkamp, J., Agostini, M., Gordijn, E. H., & Kruglanski, A. W. (2019). Mass shootings and the salience of guns as means of compensation for thwarted goals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 116(5), 704. doi: 10.1037/pspa0000150

Courses taught

Graduate Research Methods

  • PSY 7470 Interdisciplinary Research Methods: Social, Cognitive, Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 7500 Research Methods in Industrial/Organizational Psychology