DRRC & IPR Political Sectarianism Conference

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The Kellogg School of Management, the Dispute Resolution Research Center (DRRC) and the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) at Northwestern University are pleased to host the Political Sectarianism Conference on May 20-21, 2022. 

Our goal in organizing the conference is to generate novel, integrative insights into the causes and consequences of political sectarianism. Toward that goal, we seek to bring together around a dozen of the most interesting and influential scholars from disciplines like political science, psychology, sociology, management, and philosophy. The conference will include topics like: the state of sectarianism, echo chambers, fake news, motivated cognition, moralization, and anger/civility. We will leave plenty of time for discussion, perhaps including a broad concluding discussion of how an ideal body politic should function.

Images from the Conference


Friday, May 20, 2022

Time Event
8:30 a.m. - 8:55 a.m. 
Breakfast & Registration
8:55 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 


9:00 a.m. -9:45 a.m.


9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Session 1: Media

Jay Van Bavel, Associate Professor of Psychology & Neural Science, New York University

William Brady, Assistant Professor of  Management & Organizations, Northwestern University

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 


10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.


Joshua Tucker, Professor of Politics, New York University


Gordon Pennycook, Associate Professor of Behavioral Science, University of Regina

12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

Group Photo & Lunch

Please proceed to the Spanish Steps for photo


1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.


2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Session 2:  Perceptions & Beliefs

Mina Cikara, Associate Professor of Psychology, Harvard University


Mary McGrath, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University

3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. 
Coffee Break

3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Eli Finkel, Professor of Management & Organizations, Northwestern University


Keynote Address

Shanto Iyengar, Professor of Political Science, Stanford University

5:00 p.m.
End of Day 1

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Time Event
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 



9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Session 3:  Democratic Norms


Linda Skitka, Professor of Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago

9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Peter Ditto, Professor of Psychological Science, University of California, Irvine

10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. 

James Druckman, Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.


12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Session 4: Race & Gender


Cynthia Wang, Clinical Professor of Management & Organizations, Executive Director of Kellogg's Dispute Resolution and Research Center, Northwestern University

Tabitha Bonilla, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern University
1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Ivuoma Ngozi Onyeador, Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.


2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Coffee Break


Roundtable Discussion: Integration & Implications

mosaic bar


Getting Here & Parking

Major airlines fly into both O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport. O’Hare Airport is approximately 45 minutes from Kellogg and Midway Airport is approximately 60 minutes from Kellogg, but you may want to allow more time for traffic.

Taxi service from both airports can be arranged in advance of your visit for a reduced fare. For up-to-date fare information, please contact a taxi service directly. 
We are happy to provide a parking permit for visitors that drive to campus. Upon arriving, park at either the South Campus Parking Garage (1847 Campus Drive) or the North Campus Parking Garage (2311 North Campus Drive.) The North Campus Parking Garage is closer to the Global Hub. Before leaving campus make sure to ask the staff for a validated parking ticket to exit the garage.

Where to Stay

Kellogg secured a room block at a reduced rate at the Hyatt House in central Evanston. Please check back here in December 2021 for group rate reservation code.

Organizing Faculty

James Druckman

James N. Druckman is the Payson S. Wild Professor of Political Science and Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. He is also an Honorary Professor of Political Science at Aarhus University in Denmark. His research focuses on political preference formation and communication. His recent work examines how citizens make political, economic, and social decisions in various contexts (e.g., settings with multiple competing messages, online information, deliberation). He also researches the relationship between citizens' preferences and public policy, and how political elites make decisions under varying institutional conditions

Eli Finkel

Eli Finkel -- author of the bestselling book The All-Or-Nothing Marriage: How the Best Marriages Work -- is a professor at Northwestern University, where he has appointments in the psychology department and the Kellogg School of Management. In his role as director of Northwestern’s Relationships and Motivation Lab (RAMLAB), he has published ~150 scientific papers and is a regular contributor to the Op-Ed page of The New York Times. The Economist has identified him as "one of the leading lights in the realm of relationship psychology.”

Cynthia Wang

Cynthia Wang is the Executive Director of the Dispute Resolution and Research Center (DRRC) and a Clinical Professor of Management and Organizations at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Yale University and a M.S. and Ph.D in Management and Organizations from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Her research interests fall in the area of cultural and social diversity, ethical decision-making, and negotiations.