About Us


The Social Networks and Political Psychology (SNaPP) Lab was founded in 2013 at the College of William & Mary. We work collaboratively on several different research projects that share a motivation in exploring the biological, psychological, and social underpinnings of political behavior.


What does it mean to be a collaborative research lab in the social sciences?

SSMRC_10082014011We meet every Wednesday evening from 6-7 p.m. in the Social Science Research Methods Center. What we do in that hour varies from week to week, but typical activities include reading and discussing recent primary research articles related to our interests talking about the process of research – from generating research questions to designing studies to writing grants – in order to strengthen our projects, or providing feedback to each other on individual or team research projects.




In addition to our weekly lab meetings, new membersIMG_1160 of the lab take part in a “boot camp” where they are instructed in the fundamentals of conducting the kind of research done in the lab. These lessons include best practices for literature reviews, research design, data management,and data analysis.Each year, students simultaneously work on an independent portfolio or research project while contributing to an ongoing project in the lab related to Professor Settle’s active research agenda. There are typically three-four teams working on groups projects at a given time.




IMG_1144The goal of the SNaPP Lab experience is to enable students to develop the analytical, methodological and writing skills necessary to successfully execute a high-quality independent research project before they graduate. Students also receive guidance in planning for and attaining post-graduation opportunities (job, graduate school, fellowship, etc.) that utilize those skills. Equally important are the opportunities to work closely with faculty members outside of the classroom environment and interact with other students interested in data analysis and research.Past students have had the opportunity to attend and present their research at a variety of venues, including the Midwest Political Science Association, the American Political Science Association, and the International Society for Political Psychology meeting.