Jan Gerrit Voelkel

Jan is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology, a member of the Polarization and Social Change Lab, a graduate fellow at the Immigration Policy Lab, and a PhD fellow at the Center on Philanthrophy and Civil Society. Prior to Stanford, he received a Master’s degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Tilburg University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Cologne.
Jan studies political persuasion, group conflicts, and meta-science. He is interested in (a) why different political and ideological groups fight with each other, (b) under which circumstances people have constructive and effective discourse about moral and political issues, and (c) what are the best ways to conduct research and make scientific progress. Methodologically, Jan combines experiments with text analyses and is currently running his first mass collaboration project.