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Dr. Kristjen  B. Lundberg
Dr. Kristjen B. Lundberg
Associate Professor of Social Psychology

Kristjen B. Lundberg holds a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with additional training in quantitative psychology. In her research, Dr. Lundberg explores the answers to questions such as: How do social class and economic inequality relate to our political and social thoughts, feelings, and behaviors? Why do people sometimes act in prejudiced ways even when they intend to be fair? And, most critically, how and why do social inequities exist and persist? Her work has appeared in some of the top academic journals in her field, including Psychological Science and Psychological Inquiry. In 2018, she and her co-authors were honored for their theoretical work on implicit bias with the International Social Cognition Network’s “Best Social Cognition Paper” award. Dr. Lundberg also teaches courses in statistics and research design, emotion science, and prejudice and intergroup relations. Her commitment to teaching excellence was recently recognized with the 2018 Outstanding Faculty Award, granted by the University of Richmond’s Psi Chi Honors Society.


2018: Outstanding Faculty Award, Psi Chi Psychology Honors Society, University of Richmond 

2018: International Social Cognition Network’s Best Social Cognition Paper Award. For Payne, B. K., Vuletich, H. A., & Lundberg, K. B. (2017). The bias of crowds: How implicit bias bridges personal and systemic prejudice. Psychological Inquiry, 28, 233-248. 

2012: Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by Graduate Teaching Assistants, UNC-Chapel Hill 

2002: Phi Beta Kappa, Gamma Chapter, Rhodes College 

2002: John R. Benish Award for Outstanding Senior English Major, Rhodes College

Selected Publications

Brown-Iannuzzi, J. L.**, Lundberg, K. B.**, & McKee, S. (2021). Economic inequality and socioeconomic ranking inform attitudes toward redistribution. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Advance online publication. ** denotes joint first authors (equal contributions)

Brown-Iannuzzi, J. L., Lundberg, K. B., Kay, A. C., & Payne, B. K. (2021). A privileged point of view: Effects of subjective socioeconomic status on naïve realism and political division. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 47, 241-256.

Major, B. C., Le Nguyen, K. D., Lundberg, K. B., & Fredrickson, B. L. (2018). Well-being correlates of perceived positivity resonance: Evidence from trait and episode-level assessments. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 44, 1631-1647. 

Lundberg, K. B., Payne, B. K., Pasek, J. & Krosnick, J. A. (2017). Racial attitudes predicted changes in ostensibly race-neutral political attitudes under the Obama administration. Political Psychology, 38, 313-330. 

Payne, B. K., Vuletich, H. A., & Lundberg, K. B. (2017). The bias of crowds: How implicit bias bridges personal and systemic prejudice. Psychological Inquiry, 28, 233-248.[target article] 

* Winner of the International Social Cognition Network’s 2017 Best Social Cognition Paper Award * 

Payne, B. K., Vuletich, H. A., & Lundberg, K. B. (2017). Flipping the script on implicit bias research with the bias of crowds. Psychological Inquiry, 28, 306-311. [response to commentaries] 

Brown-Iannuzzi, J. L., Lundberg, K. B., & McKee, S. (2017). Political action in the age of high economic inequality: A multilevel approach. Social Issues and Policy Review, 11, 232-273. 

Brown-Iannuzzi, J. L., Lundberg, K. B., & McKee, S. (2017). The politics of socioeconomic status: How socioeconomic status may influence political attitudes and engagement. Current Opinion in Psychology, 18, 11-14. 

Kiken, L. G., Lundberg, K. B., & Fredrickson. B. L. (2017). Being present and enjoying it: Dispositional mindfulness and savoring the moment are distinct, interactive predictors of positive emotions and psychological health.Mindfulness, 8, 1280-1290. 

Brown-Iannuzzi, J. L., Lundberg, K. B., Kay, A., C., & Payne, B. K. (2015). Subjective social status shapes political preferences. Psychological Science, 26, 15-26. 

Lundberg, K. B., & Payne, B. K. (2014). Decisions among the undecided: Implicit attitudes predict future voting behavior of undecided voters. PLoS ONE 9(1): e85680. 

Payne, B. K., & Lundberg, K. B. (2014). The affect misattribution procedure: Ten years of evidence on reliability, validity, and mechanisms. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 8, 672-686. 

Payne, B. K., Brown-Iannuzzi, J. L., Burkley, M., Arbuckle, N. L., Cooley, E., Cameron, C. D., & Lundberg, K. B. (2013). Intention invention and the affect misattribution procedure: Reply to Bar-Anan and Nosek (2012).Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39, 375-386.


Lundberg, K. B., & Payne, B. K. (forthcoming). The bias of crowds: Rethinking implicit bias in social context. In J. A. Krosnick, T. H. Stark, & A. L. Scott (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Implicit Bias and Racism. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press. 

Lundberg, K. B. (2012). Social cognition: Social psychological insights from normal adults. In D. L. Roberts & D. L. Penn (Eds.), Social cognition in schizophrenia: From evidence to treatment (pp. 41-68). New York: Oxford University Press.

Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2015
Social Psychology
M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2012
Social Psychology
M.A., George Washington University 2008
Organizational Sciences
B.A., Rhodes College 2002
English Literature
Contact Information
G-10A Richmond Hall
(804) 289-8113
Areas of Expertise
Political psychology
Implicit social cognition
Prejudice, discrimination, status, and inequality
Quantitative methods