Prof. Dr. Christopher Cohrs

Christopher Cohrs

Head, Professor

Contact information

+49 6421 28-26632 +49 6421 28-23789 christopher.cohrs@staff 1 sozpsy@ 1 Gutenbergstraße 18
35032 Marburg
G|01 Institutsgebäude (Room: 02043 resp. +2043)

Organizational unit

Philipps-Universität Marburg Psychologie (Fb04) AG Sozialpsychologie, Wirtschaft, Methoden Sozialpsychologie

Office hours

Upon agreement

  • Short Biography

    since 2017 Full Professor of Social Psychology, Philipps-University Marburg
    2012-2017 Assistant Professor in Psychology, Jacobs University Bremen
    2008-2012 Lecturer in Social Psychology, School of Psychology, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland
    2007-2008 Postdoctoral research fellow, workgroup social psychology, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena.
    2005-2007 Postdoctoral research fellow, international research training group "Conflict and Cooperation between Social Groups" (IGC), Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena.
    2003-2005 Postdoctoral research fellow, workgroup social psychology, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg
    2001-2004 Doctorate in Psychologie (Dr. phil.), University of Bielefeld, Germany; dissertation: “Of Constructive Patriots and Black Sheep: National Identification and Commitment against Hostility to Foreigners”
    1994-2001 Diploma studies in Psychology (equivalent to M.Sc.), University of Bielefeld, Germany; diploma thesis: "Moral Evaluation of the Kosovo War: Effects of Political Attitudes, Media Use, and (Lack of) Political Knowledge"
  • Research Interests

    • Intergrouprelations and Prejudice
    • Political Ideologies, Political Attitudes
    • Social Representations of Conflicts
    • Collective Victimhood
    • Globalisation and Sustainability

  • Excerpt Publications

    • Cohrs, J. C., & O’Dwyer, E. (2018). “In the minds of men…” – Social representations of war and military intervention. In P. L. Hammack (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of social psychology and social justice. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

    • Kışlıoğlu, R., & Cohrs, J. C. (2018). Social representations of the Kurdish conflict in Turkey: Making sense of the Kurdish Opening. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology. Advance online publication.

    • Bouchat, P., Licata, L., Rosoux, V., Allesch, C., Ammerer, H., …, Cohrs, J. C., …, & Klein, O. (2017). A century of victimhood: Antecedents and current impacts of perceived suffering in World War I across Europe. European Journal of Social Psychology, 47, 195-208.

    • Stanciu, A., Cohrs, J. C., Hanke, K., & Gavreliuc, A. (2017). Within culture variation in the content of stereotypes: Application and development of the Stereotype Content Model in an Eastern European culture. Journal of Social Psychology, 157, 611-628.

    • Uluğ, Ö. M., & Cohrs, J. C. (2017). Examining the ethos of conflict by exploring lay people’s representations of the Kurdish conflict in Turkey. Conflict Management and Peace Science. Advance online publication.

    • Uluğ, Ö. M., & Cohrs, J. C. (2017). How do experts differ from politicians in understanding a conflict? A comparison of Track I and Track II actors. Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 35, 147-172. [zusammengefasst in Peace Science Digest,]

    • Uluğ, Ö. M., & Cohrs, J. C. (2017). “If we become friends, maybe I can change my perspective”: Intergroup contact, endorsement of conflict narratives and attitudes toward the peace process in Turkey. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 23, 278-287.

    • Uluğ, Ö. M., & Cohrs, J. C. (2017). “Who will resolve this conflict if the politicians don’t?”: Members’ of parliament understandings of the Kurdish conflict in Turkey. International Journal of Conflict Management, 28, 245-266.

    • Uluğ, Ö. M., Odağ, Ö., Holtz, P., & Cohrs, J. C. (2017). Understanding the Kurdish conflict through the eyes of Kurds and Turks: New conflict reflections from lay people in Turkey. International Journal of Conflict Management, 28, 483-508.

    • Uluğ, Ö. M., & Cohrs, J. C. (2016). An exploration of lay people’s Kurdish conflict frames in Turkey. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 22, 109-119.

    • Cohrs, J. C., McNeill, A., Vollhardt, J. R. (2015). The two-sided role of inclusive victimhood for intergroup reconciliation: Evidence from Northern Ireland. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 21, 634-647.

    • Cohrs, J. C., Uluğ, Ö. M., Stahel, L., & Kıslıoğlu, R. (2015). Ethos of conflict and beyond: Differentiating social representations of conflict. In E. Halperin & K. Sharvit (Eds.), The social psychology of intractable conflicts: Celebrating the legacy of Daniel Bar-Tal, volume 1 (pp. 33-45). New York, NY: Springer.

    • O’Dwyer, E., Lyons, E., & Cohrs, J. C. (2015). How Irish citizens negotiate foreign policy: A social representations approach to neutrality. Political Psychology. Advance online publication.

    • Stahel, L., & Cohrs, J. C. (2015). Socially shared representations of the Israel-Palestine conflict: An exploration among third parties. Conflict and communication online, 14(1).

    • Twose, G., & Cohrs, J. C. (2015). Psychology and human rights: Introduction to the special issue. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 21, 3-9.

    • Reese, G., Proch, J., & Cohrs, J. C. (2014). Individual differences in responses to global inequality. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 14, 217-238.

    • Cohrs, J. C. (2013). Threat and authoritarianism: Some theoretical and methodological comments. International Journal of Psychology, 48, 50-54.

    • Cohrs, J. C., Christie, D. J., White, M. P., & Das, C. (2013). Contributions of positive psychology to peace: Toward global well-being and resilience. American Psychologist, 68, 590-600.

    • Cohrs, J. C., & Kessler, T. (2013). Negative stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination. In A. Golec de Zavala & A. Cichocka (Eds.), Social psychology of social problems: The intergroup context (pp. 3-29). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave-Macmillan.

    • McKeever, E. R., Reed, R., Pehrson, S., Storey, L., & Cohrs, J. C. (2013). How racist violence becomes a virtue: An application of discourse analysis. International Journal of Conflict and Violence, 7, 108-120.

    • Pratto, F., Çidam, A., Stewart, A. L., Bou Zeineddine, F., Aranda, M., Aiello, A., Chryssochoou, X., Cichocka, A., Cohrs, J. C., Durrheim, K., Eicher, V., Foels, R., Górska, P., Lee, I., Licata, L., Li, L., Liu, J., Morselli, D., Meyer, I., Muldoon, O., Muluk, H., Petrovic, N., Prati, F., Papastamou, S., Petrovic, I., Prodromitis, G., Rubini, M., Saab, R., van Stekelenburg, J., Sweetman, J., Zheng, W., & Henkel, K. E. (2013). Social dominance in context and in individuals: Contextual moderation of robust effects of social dominance orientation in 15 languages and 20 countries. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 4, 587-599.

    • Vollhardt, J. R., & Cohrs, J. C. (2013). Aktuelle sozialpsychologische Beiträge zur Friedens- und Konfliktforschung. Zeitschrift für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung, 2, 246-277.

    • Cohrs, J. C. (2012). Ideological bases of violent conflict. In L. R. Tropp (Ed.), Oxford handbook of intergroup conflict (pp. 53-71) New York: Oxford University Press.

    • Cohrs, J. C., Asbrock, F., & Sibley, C. G. (2012). Friend or foe, champ or chump? Social conformity and superiority goals activate warmth- versus competence-based social categorization schemas. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3, 471-478.

    • Cohrs, J. C., & Duckitt, J. (2012). Prejudice: Types and origins of. In D. J. Christie (Ed.), Encyclopedia of peace psychology (Vol. 3: Po-Z; pp. 880-887). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

    • Cohrs, J. C., Kämpfe-Hargrave, N., & Riemann, R. (2012). Individual differences in ideological attitudes and prejudice: Evidence from peer-report data. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103, 343-361.

    • Cohrs, J. C., & Nelson, L. L. (2012). Militaristic attitude. In D. J. Christie (Ed.), Encyclopedia of peace psychology (Vol. 2: Eq-Po; pp. 636-641). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

    • Cohrs, J. C., Petzel, T., & Funke, F. (2012). Authoritarian personality. In D. J. Christie (Ed.), Encyclopedia of peace psychology (Vol. 1: A-Em; pp. 62-66). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

    • Fritsche, I., Cohrs, J. C., Kessler, T., & Bauer, J. (2012). Global warming is breeding social conflict: The subtle impact of climate change threat on authoritarian tendencies. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 32, 1-10.

    Complete publicationlist available upon If you would like a digital version of my publications, please send me an E-Mail.

  • Other Professional Activities

    • Chairperson, German Peace Psychology Association (since 2013)

    • Member of the Committee for the Psychological Study of Peace (since 2013)

    • Editorial Board member: Psicologia Sociale (since 2013), Journal of Political Psychology (since 2012), Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy (since 2011), Political Psychology (since 2008)

    • Editor, Book series "Politische Psychologie", Springer VS (with Andreas Zick, since 2009)

  • Teaching

    • Social Psychology (B-SP)

    • Economic Psychology (B-WP1)

    • Aggression and Violence (B-AG)

    • Diversity (M-WPa)

    • Psychology of Peace and Conflict (MA Friedens- und Konfliktforschung)

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