Law-related scholarly interests: Research interests include: (a) the psychological underpinnings of ideological disagreements, (b) differences in the antecedents and consequences of attitudes held with moral conviction relative to strong, but non-moral attitudes, (c) how people understand the causes of others’ behavior with particular attention to how this influences willingness to support various social policies, (d) how people reason about justice and fairness, (e) when people will rebel against authority, and (f) exploring the degree to which classic social psychological findings replicate in samples of the mass public.
Mullen, E. & Skitka, L. J. (in press). Exploring the psychological underpinnings of the moral mandate effect: Motivated reasoning identification, or affect? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 90.
Mullen, E. & Skitka, L. J. (2006). When outcomes prompt criticism of procedures: An archival analysis of the Rodney King case. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 6, 1-14.
Skitka, L. J., Bauman, C. W., & Mullen, E. (2004). Political tolerance and coming to psychological closure following September 11, 2001: An integrative approach. Personality and Social Bulletin, 30, 743-756.
Skitka, L. J. (2003). Of different minds: An accessible identity model of justice reasoning. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 7, 286-297.
Skitka, L. J. & Crosby, F. (2003). Trends in the social psychological study of justice. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 7, 282-285. [Reprinted in K. G. Duffy (Ed.) (2004) Annual Editions]: Social Psychology 05/06, 6th Edition, New York, McGraw-Hill.]
Skitka, L. J. Winquist, J. & Hutchinson, S. (2003). Are outcome fairness and outcome favorability distinguishable psychological constructs? A meta-analytic review. Social Justice, 16, 309-341.
Skitka, L. J. (2002). Do the means always justify the ends or do the ends sometimes justify the means? A value protection model of justice reasoning. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 28, 588-597.
Skitka, L. J. & Mullen, E. (2002). Understanding judgments of fairness in a real-world political context: A test of the value protection model of justice reasoning. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 28, 1419-1429.
Skitka, L. J. & Houston, D. (2001). When due process is of no consequence: Moral mandates and presumed defendant guilt or innocence. Social Justice Research, 14, 305-326. [Reprinted in T. Tyler (Ed.) The International Library of Essays in Law and Society: Procedural Justice, Vol. 2, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Hampshire, United Kingdom].
Skitka, L. J., Robideau, R. L., & Marchioro, C. (1998). A functional analysis of arguments for and against the inclusion of African-Americans, women, and homosexuals in the United States Military. Contemporary Psychology, 18, 51-63.
Skitka, L. J., Piatt, A. L. Ketterson, T. U., & Searight, H. R. (1993). Offense classification and social facilitation in juvenile delinquents. Social Behavior and Personality, 22, 339-346.
Skitka, L. J. & Tetlock, P. E. (1993). Providing public assistance. Cognitive and motivational processes underlying liberal and conservative policy preferences. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 65, 1205-1223.
Fischer, R. & Skitka, L. J. (in press). Social aspects of justice. In T. Taylor (Ed.) Justice as a basic need. Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, NY.
Skitka, L. J., & Bravo, J. (2005). An accessible identity approach to understanding fairness in organizational settings. In K. van den Bos, D. Steiner, D. Starlicki & S. Gilliland (Eds.) What Motivates Fairness in Organizations? (pp. 105-128).