Psychology Graduate Students

Michael E Vallerga
  • Title
    • PhD Candidate
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Psychology Department
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Social Sciences 2, Room 201
  • Mail Stop Psychology Faculty Services

Summary of Expertise

Mike has done research regarding masculinity, gender, authoritarianism, and political psychology more broadly.  He also has expertise on conspiracy belief.

Research Interests

Mike's research focuses upon authoritarianism, masculinity, conspiracy belief, and how they are related.

Biography, Education and Training

Michael Vallerga is currently a social psychology PhD candidate at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

He earned his MA in experimental psychology at San Jose State University in 2010 with a thesis titled 'Pure Authoritarianism: A New Approach to Authoritarianism'. 


Honors, Awards and Grants

Mike has recieved research grants from the UCSC Psychology department, the UCSC gradutate student association, as well as a Dissertation Preperation Development grant from the Social Science Research Council.

Mike passed his qualifying exam with honors.

Teaching Interests

Gender and Sexuality, Political Psychology, Research Methods