Markus Kemmelmeier, Ph.D.

Foundation Professor; Director of the Interdisciplinary Social Psychology Ph.D. Program
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Markus Kemmelmeier is a foundation professor of sociology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2001 in social psychology. Kemmelmeier has articles in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, and Political Psychology. His current research focuses on cultural psychology, political psychology, intergroup relations and interpersonal behavior and he has an ongoing interest in social psychological methods and statistics. He also serves as the director of the interdisciplinary social psychology Ph.D. program.

Research interests

Markus Kemmelmeier's research interests span a number of different areas including cultural psychology, political psychology, intergroup relations and interpersonal interaction.

Class materials

  • Social Psychology and Culture (graduate level)
  • Interpersonal Behavior (graduate level)
  • Group Processes and Intergroup Relations (graduate level)
  • Social Cognition (graduate level)
  • Attitudes: Structure and Function (graduate level)
  • Group Dynamics (undergraduate)
  • Social Psychology of Education (undergraduate)
  • Principles of Sociology (undergraduate)

Current Ph.D. students

Recent publications

  • Crowder, M. K., & Kemmelmeier, M. (2017). New insights on cultural patterns of suicide in the United States: The role honor culture. Cross-Cultural Research. DOI: 10.1177/1069397117712192
  • Alvarez, M., & Kemmelmeier, M. (2017). Free speech as a cultural value: A case for American exceptionalism? Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 5(2), 707–735. DOI: 10.5964/jspp.v5i2.590
  • Wilson-Daily, A. E., Kemmelmeier, M., & Prats, J. (2018). Intergroup contact versus conflict in Catalan high schools: A multilevel analysis of adolescent attitudes toward immigration and diversity. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 64, 12-28. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijintrel.2018.03.002
  • McLean, C., Crowder, M., & Kemmelmeier, M. (2018). To honor and obey: Perceptions of sexual assault among honor ideology women. Aggressive Behavior, 44, 451-470. DOI: 10.1002/ab.21765
  • Kusano, K., & Kemmelmeier, M. (2018). Ecology of freedom: Competitive tests of the role of pathogens, climate, and natural disasters in the development of socio-political freedom. Frontiers in Psychology, 9:954. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00954
  • Wilson-Daily, A. E., & Kemmelmeier, M. (2019). Youth perceptions of voting participation in the midst of Catalonia’s active struggle for independence. Youth & Society. DOI: 10.1177/0044118X19840965
  • Kusano, K., & Kemmelmeier, M. (2020). Multilevel modeling of time-series cross-sectional data reveals the dynamic interaction between ecological threats and democratic development. Royal Society Open Science 7, 191804.
  • Wilson-Daily, A. E., & Kemmelmeier, M. (2020). Who is on our side? Complexities of national identification among native and immigrant youth in Catalonia. Journal of Youth Studies.
  • Jami, W., & Kemmelmeier, M. (2021). Remnants of communism and perceptions of present-day inequality. Cross-Cultural Research, 55(1) 58–91.
  • Copp, C., & Kemmelmeier, M. (2021). Autonomous vehicles in court: Judges’ perceptions of AV integration with the justice system. Judicature.
  • Kusano, K., & Kemmelmeier, M. (in press). Cultural change through niche construction: A multilevel approach to investigate the interplay between cultural change and infectious disease. American Psychologist.
  • Kemmelmeier, M., & Jami, W. A. (in press). Mask wearing as cultural behavior: An investigation across 45 U.S. states during the COVID-19 pandemic. Frontiers in Psychology.


  • Ph.D., Psychology, University of Michigan, 2001
  • M.A., Psychology, University of Michigan, 1997
  • Diplom-Psychologe, Universitaet Mannheim, 1994