Professor Marcus Holmes’ Political Psychology and International Relations (PPIR) lab uses a psychological, including social and neuroscientific, approach to address the security, economic, and environmental challenges that arise from global interconnectedness. The lab is a collaborative research group that includes undergraduates and faculty working closely together on a variety of different types of research projects. One of the major initiatives of the lab is the use of experiments, often conducted by W&M students, to tackle difficult questions in international politics, including better understanding the dynamics of diplomacy, international negotiations, and perceptions of security threats.

We encourage students who are interested in international politics and psychology to become involved. Stop by the lab in the basement of Blow Hall or email Dr. Holmes at mholmes@wm.edu for more information.