The Worldview Lab is an interdisciplinary collaborative research group funded by the Kenan Institute for Ethics, directed by Stephen Vaisey (Professor of Sociology and Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics) and Christopher Johnston (Associate Professor of Political Science). Its goal is to better understand diversity in values, goals, and worldviews both internationally and within contemporary American society.
The Worldview Lab brings together faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates to work on shared empirical projects. Participants seek to understand how people differ in their judgments about politics and culture and in their conceptions of what makes a “good life.” Lab members aim to discover how these differences affect individuals and societies using methods such as surveys, experiments, in-depth interviewing, and computational methods. Lab activities include presenting works in process, discussing new research, and designing new research projects together.