Adam Hahn, Ph.D., M.A., Dipl.-Psych.

Akademischer Rat (Assistant Professor)

Social Cognition Center Cologne

University of Cologne

Department of Psychology

Social and Economic Cognition I (chair: Wilhelm Hofmann)


I was born and raised in Cologne, Germany, with family roots in Poland and Russia.  I initially completed a vocational degree as a music group instructor in 1999.  After a little over a year of volunteering in Jerusalem, Israel, I completed my Diplom (German equivalent to an M.A.) degree in psychology at Freie Universität Berlin in Germany from 2001-2007, conducting my thesis research at Yale University with Dr. Geoffrey Cohen.  After completion of my Diplom I joined a Ph.D. program in Social Psychology at the University of Colorado Boulder.  I completed my Ph.D. in May 2012, and subsequently went to work as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. I returned to the town I was born and raised in in March 2014, where I currently hold a position as assistant professor (Akademischer Rat) in Social and Economic Cognition.

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Biographical Information

Oct. 2012-Feb. 2014: Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Western Ontario (advisor: Bertram Gawronski)


PhD in Social Psychology, University of Colorado Boulder, USA, Aug. 2012 (advisors: Chick Judd, Bernadette Park, and Irene Blair)

M.A. in Social Psychology, University of Colorado Boulder, USA, Feb. 2009 (advisor: Geoffrey Cohen)

Diplom in Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, June 2007

(advisor: Geoffrey Cohen at Yale University)

Research Interests

Broadly, my research focuses on the social-cognitive roots of intergroup relations. My work has focused on introspection and awareness of implicit attitudes, the emphasis and meaning people ascribe to social categories and the consequences this has for intergroup relations, and the meaning of national identities and values for intergroup relations. I was recently awarded with a Young Investigator Award from the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Division 3 for the most outstanding publication by an early-career scholar in 2015 (for my paper on Awareness of implicit attitudes published at JEP: General). Go to the “Research” tab to find out more about my projects.

I currently hold a junior faculty position as Akademischer Rat in the Social Cognition Cologne Center at the University of Cologne in the section for Social and Economic Cognition I (chair: Wilhelm Hofmann).  I collaborate with a variety of researchers including my post-doc advisor Bertram Gawronski at the University of Texas at Austin, my grad school advisors Chick Judd, Bernadette Park, and Irene Blair from CU Boulder, as well as others, such as Geoffrey Cohen at Stanford University, Axinja Hachfeld from Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, and others.

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Previous Academic Positions

Adam Hahn

Akademischer Rat (Assistant Professor)

Social and Economic Cognition I

Social Cognition Center Cologne

Department of Psychology

Universität zu Köln (University of Cologne)

Richard-Strauss-Str. 2

Raum: 4.B08

50931 Köln, Germany

Phone  +49 (0) 221 470 6576

Fax  +49 (0) 221 470 7200

Adam.Hahn [at]