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Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Julia Becker

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Julia Becker

Institut für Psychologie

Seminarstrasse 20
49074 Osnabrück

Telefon:+49 541 969-4870
Sprechzeiten:Mi. 09.15-10.15 Uhr
Foto Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Julia Becker
Wintersemester 2018/19

Since 2013: Professor of Social Psychology, University of Osnabrueck
2011/2012: Visiting scholar at the University of St Andrews (Scotland)
2011: Visiting scholar at Simon Fraser University (Canada)
2008: Visiting scholar at PennState University (USA)
2008 - 2013: Lecturer (Social Psychology Philipps-University Marburg)
2008:  Dr. rer. nat. Philipps-University Marburg, Dissertation: "Women's Internalization of Sexism: Predictors and Antidotes"
2005-2008: PhD scholarship in DFG graduate school "group-focused enmity"
2005: Diploma in Psychology in March 2005 at the Philipps-University Marburg

Intergroup relations (prejudice, sexism, legitimizing ideologies)
Intergroup conflicts
Social identity processes
Collective action research
Cross-cultural social psychology


Becker, J.C., Ksenofontov, I., Siem, B., & Love, A. (in press). Antecedents and Consequences of Autonomy- and Dependency-Oriented Help Toward Refugees. European Journal of Social Psychology.
Becker, J.C., Radke, H.R.M., & Kutlaca, M. (in press). Stopping wolves in the wild and legitimizing meat consumption: effects of right-wing authoritarianism and social dominance on animal-related behaviors. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.

Bierle, I., Becker, J.C., & Ikegami, T. (in press). Coping with unpleasant group memberships in Japan and Germany: Cultural differences in disidentification, confrontation and emotion regulation. European Journal of Social Psychology.

Hartwich, L., & Becker, J.C. (in press). Exposure to neoliberalism increases resentment of the elite via feelings of anomie and negative psychological reactions. Journal of Social Issues.

Hartwich, L., Becker, J.C. (in press). Nur ein Kompliment? Warum auch positive Geschlechter-Stereotype sexistisch sein können. In-Mind.

Kahalon, R., Shnabel, N., & Becker, J.C. (in press). Experimental studies on state self-objectification: a review and an integrative process model. Frontiers.

Kahalon, R., Shnabel, N., & Becker, J.B. (in press). Positive Stereotypes, Negative Outcomes: Reminders of the Positive Components of Complementary Gender Stereotypes Impair Performance in Counter-Stereotypical Tasks. British Journal of Social Psychology.

Kahalon, R., Shnabel, N., & Becker, J.B. (in press). "Don't Bother Your Pretty Little Head": Appearance Compliments Lead to Improved Mood but Impaired Cognitive Performance. Psychology of Women Quarterly.

Osborne, D., Jost, J.T., Becker, J.C., Badaan, V., & Sibley, C. G. (in press). Protesting to challenge or defend the system? A system justification perspective on collective action. European Journal of Social Psychology.

Thomson, R., Yuki, M., Talhelm, T., Schug, J. Kito, M., Ayanian, A.H., Becker, J.C…..Visserman, M.L. (in press). Relational mobility predicts social behaviors in 39 countries and is tied to historical farming and threat. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

Wilhelm, L. Hartmann, A.S., Becker, J.C., Kişi, M. Waldorf, M., & Vocks, S. (in press). Body covering and body image: A comparison of veiled and unveiled Muslim women, Christian women, and atheist women regarding body checking, body dissatisfaction and eating disorder symptoms. Journal of Religion and Health.

Fischer, F., Becker, J.C., Kito, M., & Nayır, D. Z. (2017). Collective Action against Sexism in Germany, Turkey, and Japan: The Influence of Self-Construal and Face Concerns. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 20, 409-423.

Reimer, N. K., Becker, J., Benz, A., Christ, O., Dhont, K., Klocke, U., ... Hewstone, M. (2017). Intergroup contact and social change: Implications of negative and positive contact for collective action in advantaged and disadvantaged groups. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 43, 121-136.

Becker, J.C., Butz, D.A., Sibley, C.G., Barlow, F.K., Bitacola, L., Christ, O., Khan, S., Leong, C.H., Pehrson, S., Srinivasan, N., Sulz, A., Tausch, N., Urbanska, K., & Wright, S. (2017). What do National Flags Stand For? An Exploration of Associations across 11 Nations. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 48, 335-352.

Becker, J.C., Kraus, M., & Rheinschmidt, M. (2017). Cultural Expressions of Social Class and Their Implications for Group-Related beliefs and behaviors. Journal of Social Issues, 73, 158-174.

Jost, J.T., Becker, J.C., Osborne, D., & Badaan, V. (2017). Missing in (collective) action: ideology, system justification, and the motivational antecedents of protest behavior. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 26, 99-108.

Becker, J.C. & Tausch, N. (2015). A dynamic model of engagement in normative and non-normative collective action: Psychological antecedents, consequences and barriers. European Review of Social Psychology, 26, 43-92.

De Oliveira Laux, S.H., Ksenofontov, I. & Becker, J.C. (2015). Explicit but not implicit sexist beliefs predict benevolent and hostile sexist behavior. European Journal of Social Psychology, 45, 702-715.

Becker, J.C., Barreto, M. Kahn, K.B., & de Oliveira Laux, S.H. (2015). The collective value of ‘me’ (and its limitations): Towards a more nuanced understanding of individual and collective coping with prejudice. Journal of Social Issues, 71, 497-516.

Becker, J.C. & Barreto, M. (2014). Ways to Go: Men’s and Women’s Support for Aggressive and Non-aggressive Confrontation of Sexism as a Function of Gender Identification. Journal of Social Issues, 70, 668-686.

Becker, J.C., Zawadzki, M.J, & Shields, S.A. (2014). Confronting and Reducing Sexism: A Call for Research on Intervention. Journal of Social Issues, 70, 603-614.

Asbrock, F., Lemmer, G., Becker, J.C., Koller, J., & Wagner, U. (2014). “Who are these foreigners anyway?” – The content of the term foreigner and its impact on prejudice. Sage Open, 4(2), 1-8.

Becker, J.C. & Tausch, N. (2014). When Group Memberships are Negative: The Concept, Measurement, and Behavioral Implications of Psychological Disidentification. Self and Identity, 13, 294-321.

Tausch, N. & Becker, J.C. (2013). Emotional Reactions to Success and Failure of Collective Action as Predictors of Future Action Intentions: A Longitudinal Investigation in the Context of Student Protests against Tuition Fees in Germany. British Journal of Social Psychology, 52, 525-542.

Becker, J.C., Wright, S.C., Lubensky, M.E., & Zhou, S. (2013). Friend or Ally: Whether cross-group contact undermines collective action depends what advantaged group members say (or don’t say). Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39, 442-455.

Becker, J.C. (2012). The system stabilizing role of identity management strategies: Social creativity can undermine collective action for social change. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103, 647-662.

Becker, J.C. (2012). Virtual Special Issue on Theory and Research on Collective Action in EJSP. European Journal of Social Psychology, 42, 19-33.

Becker, J.C., & Asbrock, F. (2012). What triggers helping versus harming of ambivalent groups? Effects of the relative salience of warmth versus competence. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 19-27.

Becker, J.C., Enders-Comberg, A., Wagner, U., Christ, O., & Butz, D. A. (2012). Beware of national symbols: How flags can threaten intergroup relations. Social Psychology, 43, 3-6.

Becker, J.C. & Swim, J.K. (2012). Reducing endorsement of benevolent and modern sexist beliefs: Differential effects of addressing harm versus pervasiveness of benevolent sexism. Social Psychology, 43, 127-137.

Sibley, C.G. & Becker, J.C. (2012). A typology of sexists: Profiling ambivalent and univalent sexists in a national probability sample. European Journal of Social Psychology, 42, 589-601.

Swim, J.K. & Becker, J.C. (2012). Country Contexts and Individuals’ climate Change mitigating behaviors: A comparison of U.S. versus German individuals’ efforts to reduce energy use. Journal of Social Issues, 68, 571-591.

Wagner, U., Becker, J.C., Christ, O., Pettigrew, T.F., & Schmidt, P. (2012). A longitudinal test of the relation between German nationalism, patriotism and outgroup derogation. European Sociological Review, 28, 319-332.

Becker, J.C., Glick, P., Ilic, M., & Bohner, G. (2011). Damned if she does, damned if she doesn’t? Social consequences of accepting versus rejecting benevolent sexist offers for the target and perpetrator. European Journal of Social Psychology, 41, 761-773.

Becker, J.C. & Swim, J.K. (2011). Seeing the unseen: Attention to daily encounters with sexism as a way to reduce sexist beliefs. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 35, 227 - 242.

Becker, J.C., Tausch, N., Spears, R. & Christ, O. (2011). Committed dis(s)idents: Participation in radical collective action fosters disidentification with the broader in-group but enhances political identification. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 1104-1116.

Becker, J.C., Tausch, N., & Wagner, U. (2011). Emotional consequences of collective action participation: Differentiating self-directed from outgroup-directed emotions. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 1587-1598.

Becker, J.C., Wagner, U., & Christ, O. (2011). Consequences of the 2008-financial crisis for intergroup relations: The role of perceived threat and causal attributions. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 14, 871-885.

Becker, J.C. & Wright, S.C. (2011). Yet another dark side of chivalry: Benevolent sexism undermines and hostile sexism motivates collective action for social change. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101, 62-77.

Tausch, N., Becker, J.C., Spears, R., Christ, O., Saab, R., Singh, & Siddiqui, R.N. (2011). Explaining Radical Group Behaviour: Developing Emotion and Efficacy Routes to Normative and Non-normative Collective Action. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101, 129-148.

Becker, J.C. (2010). Why do women endorse hostile and benevolent sexism? The role of salient female subtypes and personalization of sexist contents. Sex Roles, 62, 453-467.

Becker, J.C., & Wagner, U. (2009). Doing gender differently – The interplay of strength of gender identification and content of gender identity in predicting women’s endorsement of sexism. European Journal of Social Psychology, 39, 487-508.


Becker, J.C. (2014). Subtile Erscheinungsformen von Sexismus. Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte, 8, 29-34.

Becker, J.C. (2013). Kollektives Handeln – Außerparlamentarischer Aktivismus. In-Mind, 3:


Becker, J.C., Ksenofontov, I., Benz, A., & Borgert, L. (in press). Einstellungen und Verhaltensweisen gegenüber Geflüchteten. In A. Rohmann & S. Stürmer (Ed.). Die Flüchtlingsdebatte in Deutschland – Sozialpsychologische Perspektiven.

Rothmund, T., Becker, J.C., & Jost, J.T. (in press). The Psychology of social justice in political thought and action. To appear in M. Schmitt & Clara Sabbagh (eds.). Handbook of Social Justice Theory and Research.

Becker , J.C. & Sibley, C.G. (2016). Sexism. In T. Nelson (Ed.), Handbook of Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Discrimination (pp. 315-336). New York: Psychology Press.

Becker, J.C. (2016). Sexism. In N.A. Naples (Ed.), The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies (pp. 1-2). DOI: 10.1002/9781118663219.wbegss023

Becker, J.C. (2014). Sexism. In T. Teo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology (pp. 1727-1731). New York: Springer.

Becker, J.C., Wagner, U. & Christ (2010). Ursachenzuschreibungen in Krisenzeiten: Auswirkungen auf Antisemitismus und Fremdenfeindlichkeit [Causal attributions in times of crisis: Implications for Antisemitism and prejudice]. In W. Heitmeyer (Ed.) Deutsche Zustände. Folge 8 [German States. Sequal 8] (pp. 128-143). Frankfurt: Suhrkamp.

Asbrock, F., Lemmer, G., Wagner, U., Becker, J. & Koller, J. (2009). Das Gefühl macht den Unterschied. Emotionen gegenüber „Ausländern“ in Ost- und Westdeutschland [The feeling makes the difference. Emotions towards immigrants in Eastern and Western Germany]. In W. Heitmeyer (Hg.), Deutsche Zustände. Folge 7 [German States. Sequal 7] (pp. 152-167). Frankfurt: Suhrkamp.

Becker, J., Christ, O., Wagner, U., & Schmidt, P. (2009). Deutschland einig Vaterland? Riskante regionale und nationale Identifikationen in Ost- und Westdeutschland [Unified Germany? Risky regional and national identification in Eastern and Western Germany]. In W. Heitmeyer (Hg.), Deutsche Zustände. Folge 7 [German States. Sequal 7] (pp. 113-130). Frankfurt: Suhrkamp.

Swim, J.K., & Becker, J.C. (2009). Modern Sexism. In J. Levine & M. Hogg (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup relations (pp. 577-579). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Swim, J. K., Becker, J., Lee, E. & Pruitt, E. R. (2009). Sexism reloaded: Worldwide evidence for its endorsement, expression, and emergence in multiple contexts. In H. Landrine & N. Russo (Eds.). Handbook of diversity in feminist psychology (pp. 137-172). Washington,DC: American Psychological Association.

Becker, J., Wagner, U. & Christ, O. (2007). Nationalismus und Patriotismus als Ursache von Fremdenfeindlichkeit. [Nationalism and Patriotism as cause of prejudice]. In W. Heitmeyer (ed.), Deutsche Zustände. Folge 5 [German States. Sequal 5] (pp. 131-149). Frankfurt: Suhrkamp.


Social Psychology (2013-2017)
British Journal of Social Psychology (2017-2020)

Journal of Social Issues (Special issue 2014: Becker, J.C., Zawadzki, M.J., & Shields, S.A. (eds.), Confronting and reducing sexism. Creating interventions that work. Journal of Social Issues.)

European Journal of Social Psychology (since 2011)
European Review of Social Psychology (since 2016)
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (since 2015)