Marika Laundau-Wells

Marika Landau-Wells smiling and learning to the left in a green shirt from the neck up
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Travers Department of Political Science
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Assistant Professor
Charles and Louis Travers Department of Political Science

My research is broadly concerned with the effects of cognitive processes - including perception, attention, concept formation, and memory - on political behavior writ large.  My primary research project investigates the ways in which the psychological and neural underpinnings of threat perception influence policy preferences, with a particular focus on national security decision-making. 

I hold an AB from Harvard in Government, an MSc from LSE in Global Politics, and a PhD from MIT in Political Science.  Prior to arriving at Berkeley, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at