I am professor by special appointment of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Workplace Inclusion at Leiden University, and associate professor of social and organizational psychology at Utrecht University.

I study diversity in organizations and society and have a special interest in the social psychological mechanisms involved in how, why, and when people resist, provide support for, or directly engage in social change. In my work, I to bridge science and society with the aim of contributing to effective and evidence-based diversity policy.


Recent publications

Cramwinckel, F. M., Scheepers, D. T., & Van der Toorn, J. (2018). Interventions to reduce blatant and
subtle sexual orientation- and gender identity prejudice (SOGIP): Current knowledge and future directions. Social Issues and Policy Review, 12, 183-217.

Van der Toorn, J., Jost, J. T., Packer, D., Noorbaloochi, S., & Van Bavel, J. J. (2017). In defense of tradition: Religiosity, conservatism, and opposition to same-sex marriage in North America. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 43, 1455-1468.

Van der Toorn, J. (2017). Education and work. In: Ellemers, N., Derks, B., Van Nunspeet, F., Scheepers, D. T., & Van der Toorn, J. (Eds.). World of difference (pp. 39-62). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

Moss-Racusin, C. A., Van der Toorn, J., Dovidio, J. F., Brescoll, V. L., Graham, M., & Handelsman, J. (2016). A “scientific diversity” intervention to reduce gender bias in a sample of life scientists. CBE—Life Sciences Education.

Van der Toorn, J., Ellemers, N., & Doosje, B. (2015). The threat of moral transgression: The impact of group membership and moral opportunity. European Journal of Social Psychology, 45, 609–622.


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Highlighted research projects

The Legitimation of Inequality


Political Protest among Immigrants