What explains individual preferences for organizing society? How do these political preferences develop, and do they overlap with other areas of an individual’s life? How do identities and group membership—such as religion and gender—interact with these orientations? By integrating various social science fields as well as leveraging innovations in biological measurements and correlates of political attitudes and behaviors, I seek to understand the psychology behind, and origins of, political ideology and issue attitudes. A repository of my published work (in pre-print form) can be found here:


Djupe, Paul A., and Amanda Friesen. 2018. “Moralizing to the Choir: The Moral Foundations of American Clergy.” Social Science Quarterly 99 (2): 665-682. DOI: 10.1111/ssqu.12455.

Lakens, Daniël, Federico G. Adolfi, Casper J. Albers, Farid Anvari, Matthew A.J. Apps, Shlomo E. Argamon,… Amanda Friesen … Rolf A. Zwaan. 2018. “Justify Your Alpha.” Nature Human Behaviour. doi:10.1038/s41562-018-0311-x

Friesen, Amanda, Kevin B. Smith, John R. Hibbing. 2017. “Physiological Arousal and Self-Reported Valence for Erotic Images Correlate with Sexual Policy Preferences.”  International Journal of Public Opinion Research. 29 (3): 449-470.

Friesen, Amanda, and Paul A. Djupe. 2017.”Conscientious Women: The Dispositional Conditions of Institutional Treatment on Civic Involvement.” Politics & Gender 13 (1): 57-80.

Friesen, Amanda, and Matthew V. Hibbing. 2016. “The Effect of Personal Economic Values on Economic Policy Preferences.” Social Science Quarterly 97 (2): 325-337. doi: 10.1111/ssqu.12236.

Wagner, Michael W., Kristen D. Deppe, Carly M. Jacobs, Amanda Friesen, Kevin B. Smith, and John R. Hibbing. 2015. “Beyond Survey Self-Reports: Using Physiology to Tap Political Orientations.” International Journal of Public Opinion Research 27 (3): 303-317. doi:10.1093/ijpor/edu036.

Friesen, Amanda, and Aleksander Ksiazkiewicz. 2015. “Do Political Attitudes and Religiosity Share a Genetic Path?” Political Behavior 37 (4): 791-818.

Blake, William D., and Amanda Friesen. December 2013. “The Politics of Denying Communion to Catholic Elected Officials.” The Forum 11 (4): 671-682.

Friesen, Amanda. 2013. “Religion, Politics and the Social Capital of Children.”  Journal of Women, Politics & Policy 34 (3): 197-218.

Calfano, Brian R., Amanda Friesen, and Paul A. Djupe. 2013. “Mitigating Mormonism: Overcoming Religious Identity Challenges with Targeted Religious Appeals.” PS: Political Science & Politics 46(3): 562-568. Calfano, Friesen, Djupe 2013

Gruszczynski, Michael W., Amanda Balzer, Carly M. Jacobs, Kevin B. Smith, and John R. Hibbing. 2013. “The Physiology of Political Participation.” Political Behavior 35: 135-152. Gruz et al. 2013

Friesen, Amanda, and Michael W. Wagner. 2012. “Beyond the Three Bs: How American Christians Approach Faith and Politics.” Politics and Religion 5: 224-252. Friesen and Wagner 2012

Dodd, Michael, Amanda Balzer, Carly M. Jacobs, Michael W. Gruszczynski, Kevin B. Smith, and John R. Hibbing. March 5, 2012. “The Political Left Rolls with the Good; The Political Right Confronts the Bad: Physiology and Cognition in Politics.” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London – Biological Sciences 1589. 640-649. PTRSB_Dodd et al_120123

Balzer, Amanda, and Carly M. Jacobs. 2011. “Gender and Physiological Effects in Connecting Disgust to Political Preferences.” Social Science Quarterly 92: 5. 1297-1313. Balzer and Jacobs 2011

Book Chapters

Friesen, Amanda. Forthcoming. “Religion, Personality, and Politics.” In Oxford Encyclopedia of Politics & Religion, Paul A. Djupe and Mark Rozell, eds. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Ksiazkiewicz, Aleksander, and Amanda Friesen. 2017. “Genes and Politics,” in the Handbook of Biology and Politics. Steven A. Peterson and Albert Somit (eds.), Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. Ksiazkiewicz and Friesen ch 6

Friesen, Amanda. 2017. “How American Women and Men Read the Bible.” In The Bible in American Life, Philip Goff, Arthur Farnsley, and Peter Theusen, eds. Oxford University Press.

Dissertation: Examining the Covariance of Religious and Political Beliefs within Individuals and Across Generations