Dr Tereza Capelos

Dr Tereza Capelos

Department of Political Science and International Studies
Associate Professor in Political Psychology
Director of the Institute for Conflict Cooperation and Security

Contact details

School of Government
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr. Tereza Capelos is Associate Professor in Political Psychology, Director of the Institute for Conflict Cooperation and Security, Director for the MSc Global Cooperation and Security, and President Elect of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP).

Her research focuses on the affective, cognitive and motivational determinants of political judgments. She is particularly interested in the role of emotions and values on political radicalization and tolerance, the formation and updating of institutional and individual reputations and the role of trust and confidence on political accountability attributions.


  • Ph.D. in Political Psychology and Behavior, Stony Brook University, USA 2002
  • M.A. in Political Science, Stony Brook University, USA 1998
  • B.A. in Political Communication and Mass Media, University of Athens, Greece 1995


Tereza is is Associate Professor in Political Psychology, Director of the Institute for Conflict Cooperation and Security, Director for the MSc Political Psychology of International Relations.

Tereza joined the University of Birmingham in September 2015, having held previous academic positions at the University of Surrey (UK), Leiden University (Netherlands) and Stony Brook University (USA). She has a PhD in Political Psychology and Behavior from Stony Brook University, and her substantive area of research is the affective, cognitive and motivational determinants of political judgments and decision making. She collects experimental, survey, interview and media content data to study trust assessments of political actors and institutions, minority groups, and policy evaluations in times of tensions and crisis. She is currently involved in research projects investigating the affective and value determinants of political radicalization, and the role of trust and emotions of fear and anger on political tolerance. She also studies institutional and political reputations, organizational accountability and blame attributions, and civic engagement and media use.


Dr. Capelos is not teaching during the 2015-16 academic year.

At her previous posts, she taught postgraduate and undergraduate classes in Political Psychology, Research Theories and Methods, Political Communication, British Politics and Public Opinion, Statistics, and Econometrics.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr. Capelos is currently supervising PhD research in the following areas:

  • Human rights perceptions and political tolerance (Tom Stocks, University of Birmingham)
  • Authenticity and Secularization as determinants of Political Attitudes in Turkey (Stavroula Chrona, University of Surrey)
  • The financial crisis and national decision-making in Greece and Ireland (Julie Garman Kolokotsa, University of Surrey)

She welcomes potential PhD students who are interested in employing quantitative and qualitative methodologies and data (experimental design, survey methodology, media content analysis, interviews) to conduct research in the following areas:

  • Political emotions in international crises and political decision making
  • Political accountability and trust
  • Reputation management in institutional impression formation
  • Political radicalization, engagement and political values
  • Political tolerance and perceptions of minority groups


Specific Research interests

  • Affective and cognitive components of reputations of political institutions and leaders as determinants of political accountability
  • Emotions as determinants of policy evaluations in times of tensions and crisis.
  • Affective and value determinants of political radicalization
  • Blame attribution, political trust, cooperation and conflict
  • Political tolerance and political emotions
  • Civic engagement and media use

Current collaborative projects

  • Cognitive and affective components of institutional reputations of regulatory agencies and multi-national corporations in social responsibility programs (with Dr Colin Provost, UCL)
  • Political values and radicalization in Greece during the financial crisis (with Dr Alexia Katsanidou, Gesis)
  • Political tolerance, perceptions of Muslim minorities and their rights (with Dr. Harriet Tenenbaum, University of Surrey)
  • Individual and Collective Emotions in Austerity Politics (with Dr. Theofanis Exadaktylos, University of Surrey)
  • Values and political orientations of India’s middle class (with Ipshita Basu, Westminster University)
  • Political learning and TV dramas

Other activities



(2014) The Palgrave Handbook of Global Political Psychology. Nesbitt Larking P., Kinnvall C., Capelos, T. (eds), Palgrave.

Selected journal articles and book chapters:

(forthcoming) with Exadaktylos T, Chrona, S and Poulopoulou, M. ‘The Emotional Economy of the European Financial Crisis in the UK Press’. International Journal of Communication, Special issue on News Media and the Emotional Public Sphere.

(2017) with Chrona, S. ‘Political Psychology of participation in Turkey: civic engagement, basic values, political sophistication and the young’. Southeast European and Black Sea Studies. 17:1:1-19.http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14683857.2016.1235002

(2017) with Katsanidou, A, and Demertzis, N. ‘Back to Black: Values, Ideologies, and the Black Box of Political Radicalization’. Science and Society, 35, 35-68. http://dx.doi.org/10.12681/sas.11493

(2017) with Exadaktylos T. ‘Feeling the pulse of the Greek Dept Crisis: emotional reactions on the web of blame’.  National Identities.19:1:73-90. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14608944.2015.1113241

(2016) Capelos T.  et al. ‘Ingredients of Institutional Reputations and Citizens’
compliance with agency recommendations’. Regulation and Governance. 10:4: 350-367.

(2014) Experimental Political Psychology (chapter 7).  In Nesbitt Larking P., Kinnvall C., Capelos T. (eds), Palgrave Handbook of Global Political Psychology, pp.107-126. Palgrave.

(2014) with Exadaktylos T. The good, the bad and the ugly’: stereotypes, prejudices and emotions on Greek media representation of the EU financial crisis”, in Karyotis, G. and Gerodimos, R. (eds.) The Politics of Extreme Austerity: Greece Beyond the Crisis, pp. 46-70. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

(2013) Understanding Anxiety and Aversion: the origins and consequences of affectivity in political campaigns (chapter 3) In N. Demertzis (ed), Emotions in Politics: The affect dimension in political tension, pp. 39-59, Palgrave. 

(2012) with Chrona S. “Islamist and Nationalistic Attachments as Determinants of Political Preferences in Turkey”. Perceptions: Journal of International Affairs, 18: 3:51-82 

(2012) Capelos T. “Learning from Television Dramas: What Europeans Told Us”. In Graber (ed) On Media: Making Sense of Politics, pp. 116-147, Paradigm Publishers, Boulder, Colorado. 

(2012) with van Troost D. “Reason, Passion and Islam: the impact of fear and anger on political tolerance”. In Flood et al (eds), Islam in the Plural: Identities, (Self) Perceptions and Politics, Brill, Netherlands, pp. 75-96. 

(2010) Capelos T. “Feeling the Issue: How citizens’ affective reactions and leadership perceptions shape policy evaluations. Journal of Political Marketing. 9: 9-33. 

(2010)  with Chenoweth J., Barnett J., Fife-Schaw C., and Kelay T. "Comparison of consumer attitudes between Cyprus and Latvia: an evaluation of the effect of setting on consumer preferences in the water industry" Water Resources Management, 24 (15). pp. 4339-4358 (December) 

(2009) with Wurtzer H. “United Nations scandals and media coverage” Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, vol 17. 2: 75-94 (June) 

(2009) with Demertzis N., Vadratsikas, K. “Political competence and information: the significant role of TV-Dramas”. Communications Issues, 8: 77-101. 

(2008) with Smilovitz J. “As a matter of feeling: Emotions and the choice of mediator tactics in international mediation” The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, 3: 63-85 (March)

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