Lab Director

Kristof Dhont, PhD. is a lecturer in psychology at the University of Kent, and the director of SHARKLab. His research focuses primarily on the role personality and situational factors in human intergroup and human-animal relations. He investigates the psychological underpinnings and ideological roots of ethnic prejudice, speciesism, and sexism, and the moral psychology of eating and exploiting animals. He also studies methods and intervention strategies that can reduce prejudice towards human and non-human animals, through positive intergroup contact and increasing empathy. He has published widely on these and related topics in prominent journals and is currently serving as Associate Editor for the journal Group Processes & Intergroup Relations and as Consulting Editor for the European Journal of Personality.


Key Publications

  • Dhont, K., Hodson, G., Leite, A.C. (2016). Common ideological roots of speciesism and generalized ethnic prejudice: The Social Dominance Human-Animal Relations Model (SD-HARM). European Journal of Personality, 30, 507-522.
  • Hodson, G., & Dhont, K. (2015). The person-based nature of prejudice. Individual difference predictors of intergroup negativity. European Review of Social Psychology, 26, 1-42.
  • Dhont, K., & Hodson, G. (2014). Does lower cognitive ability predict greater prejudice? Current Directions in Psychological Science, 23, 454-459.
  • Onraet, E., Dhont, K., & Van Hiel, A. (2014). The relationships between internal and external threat and right-wing attitudes: A three-wave longitudinal study. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40, 712-725.

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