Jojanneke van der Toorn completed a PhD in Social Psychology at New York University in 2010. After working as a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University, she is currently an assistant professor (UD) in Social and Organizational Psychology at Leiden University.
Her research mainly focuses on the social psychological mechanisms involved in how, why, and when people resist, provide support for, or directly engage in social change. She studied individuals' desires to change (vs. maintain) the status quo from a variety of angles, such as the influence of structural factors, the underlying motivational forces, and the consequences for the self and society.
- A sense of powerlessness fosters system justification: On the legitimation of authority, hierarchy, and government (In press)
- We the people: Intergroup interdependence breeds liberalism (In press)
- Scientific diversity interventions (2014)
- More than fair: Outcome dependence, system justification, and the perceived legitimacy of authority figures (2011)