About Stephen

Stephen Schneider is a fellow at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he investigates the technical, policy, and ethical concerns associated with genomic science. He received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln. His research interests fall under the umbrella of political psychology and bio-politics. Stephen’s dissertation used correlational and experimental study designs to investigate how those on the political left and right attribute traits and behaviors (e.g., homosexuality, obesity, conscientiousness, etc.) to different causes and what this relationship means for tolerance and reproductive policy attitudes. In other work, he and his colleagues have examined how threat influences conspiracy theory endorsement, what role the Behavioral Immune System plays in support for refugee resettlement programs, and whether there is an ideological asymmetry in identifying with novel groups. Stephen’s work has appeared in The Journal of Politics, Personality and Individual Differences, and Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences.

Stephen is an award-winning instructor, having served as the instructor of record for Political Analysis, Power and Politics in America, Introduction to Biology, Psychology, and Politics, and Insurgency and Terrorism. He has also served as a graduate teaching assistant for Genetics, Brains, and Politics, Introduction to International Relations, and Power and Politics in America.