John Jost

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John T. Jost
Born 1968 (age 4950)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nationality American
Education Duke University, University of Cincinnati, Yale University
Known for Political behavior, intergroup relations
Spouse(s)Orsolya Hunyady(m. 2001)
Children 2 daughters
Awards Society of Experimental Social Psychology's Career Trajectory Award (2010)
Scientific career
Fields Social psychology
Political psychology
Institutions New York University
Doctoral advisor William J. McGuire

John Thomas Jost (born 1968) [1] is a social psychologist best known for his work on system justification theory and the psychology of political ideology. Jost received his AB degree in Psychology and Human Development from Duke University (1989) and his PhD in Social and Political Psychology from Yale University (1995), where he was the last doctoral student of William J. McGuire. [2] [3]

Jost has contributed extensively to the study of stereotyping, prejudice, intergroup relations, social justice, and political psychology. In collaboration with Mahzarin Banaji, he proposed a theory of system justification processes in 1994, and in collaboration with Jack Glaser, Arie Kruglanski, and Frank Sulloway he proposed a theory of political ideology as motivated social cognition in 2003. Since 2003, he has been on the faculty of New York University, where he is Professor of Psychology and Politics (Affiliated Appointment). Jost is a member of numerous professional organizations and societies, and was President of the International Society of Political Psychology from 2015 to 2016. [3]


Jost's awards include the following: [3]



  1. Jost, John (2016). "Jost, John" (PDF). Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. Springer International Publishing.
  2. Dowding, Keith (February 2011). Encyclopedia of Power. SAGE. p. 358. ISBN   9781412927482.
  3. 1 2 3 "John Jost". New York University.