I am a political psychologist interested in attitudes and motivations around political engagement and social identities in Western democracies. The goal of my research is to examine how biology (behavioral genetics and physiology) and the environment condition identity (gender, religiosity, race/ethnicity), dispositions (personality), and political orientations. To accomplish this task, I integrate theories, quantitative and mixed methods, and technologies from the social and biological sciences. My recent work demonstrates the importance of expanding our definitions and measurement of binary sex to continuous scales of gender identity and an emphasis on the intersectional nature and experiences of gender in political spaces. I am also interested in how these relationships lead to resilience and political efficacy.
A repository of my published work (in pre-print form) can be found here: https://scholarworks.iupui.edu/handle/1805/4006/browse?value=Friesen%2C+Amanda&type=author
Friesen, Amanda, Aleksander Ksiazkiewicz, and Claire Gothreau. “Political Taste: Exploring How Perception of Bitter Substances May Reveal Risk Tolerance and Political Preferences.” Principle acceptance of registered report at Politics and the Life Sciences.
Hunt, Kate, and Amanda Friesen. Online First. “‘You Can’t Repeal Regret’: Targeting Men for Mobilization in Ireland’s Abortion Debate.” European Journal of Politics & Gender.
Friesen, Amanda, Ryan Burge, and Kylee Britzman. 2021. “Digital Segregation: Gender, Occupation, and Access to Politics.” Social Science Computer Review 39 (1): 38-55.
Ksiazkiewicz, Aleksander, and Amanda Friesen. 2021. “The Higher Power of Religiosity over Personality on Political Ideology.” Political Behavior 43: 637-661.
Ksiazkiewicz, Aleksander, and Amanda Friesen. 2020. “Slimy Worms or Sticky Kids: How Caregiving Tasks and Gender Identity Attenuate Disgust Response.” Politics and the Life Sciences. 39 (2): 167-186. Registered report: https://osf.io/f98eu/. Authors’ Video Presentation
Friesen, Amanda, Michael W. Gruszczynski, John Alford, and Kevin B. Smith. 2020. “Political Orientations Vary with Detection of Androstenone.” Politics and the Life Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1017/pls.2019.18
Lewis, Andrew R., William Blake, Stephen T. Mockabee, and Amanda Friesen. 2020. “American Constitutional Faith and the Politics of Hermeneutics.” Politics & Religion 13 (1): 57-88. https://doi.org/10.1017/S175504831900021X
Djupe, Paul A., and Amanda Friesen. 2018. “Moralizing to the Choir: The Moral Foundations of American Clergy.” Social Science Quarterly 99 (2): 665-682. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ssqu.12455/full. 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. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-018-0311-x. 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. https://academic.oup.com/ijpor/article/29/3/449/2669465?guestAccessKey=4940cbd4-0ad9-4fb1-a49f-617ecd798add
Friesen, Amanda, and Paul A. Djupe. 2017. “Conscientious Women: The Dispositional Conditions of Institutional Treatment on Civic Involvement.” Politics & Gender 13 (1): 57-80. http://hdl.handle.net/1805/9332
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. http://hdl.handle.net/1805/9328
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. http://hdl.handle.net/1805/9352
Friesen, Amanda, and Aleksander Ksiazkiewicz. 2015. “Do Political Attitudes and Religiosity Share a Genetic Path?” Political Behavior 37 (4): 791-818. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11109-014-9291-3?sa_campaign=email/event/articleAuthor/onlineFirst
Blake, William D., and Amanda Friesen. December 2013. “The Politics of Denying Communion to Catholic Elected Officials.” The Forum 11 (4): 671-682. http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/for.2013.11.issue-4/for-2014-0002/for-2014-0002.xml?format=INT
Friesen, Amanda. 2013. “Religion, Politics and the Social Capital of Children.” Journal of Women, Politics & Policy 34 (3): 197-218. http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/SH3xVxWgGadYAySqtVvd/full
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
Friesen, Amanda. “Religion, Personality, and Politics.” In Oxford Encyclopedia of Politics & Religion, Paul A. Djupe and Mark Rozell, eds. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press. DOI:
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