Julia Sasse, Ph.D.

Julia Sasse is a Research Fellow at the Chair of Cyber Trust. She studied Psychology at the University of Düsseldorf and received her PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Groningen in 2017. Previously, she was a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn, Germany and a visiting PhD student at IDC Herzliya, Israel.

Her research is concerned with reactions to social conflict and norm transgressions in offline and online environments, with a particular focus on different functions of emotions in these reactions.

Currently, Julia is working on a project with the TUM Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence (IEAI) mapping the potential of automated interventions against sexist and harassing online behavior to increase women’s online participation. Drawing from (social) psychological insights, she investigates which characteristics of automated interventions promote beneficial psychological outcomes, such as feeling safe and speaking up.

Students who are interested in Julia’s research may have a look at “Theses and Projects” section of our homepage.


Sasse, J., & Grossklags, J. (2023) Breaking the Silence: Investigating Which Types of Moderation Reduce Negative Effects of Sexist Social Media Content. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, 7(CSCW2), Article 327, 26 pages. Author Version Publisher Version (Open Access)

Sasse, J., Cypris, N., & Baumert, A. (forthcoming). Moral Courage Online. In Handbuch der Konflikt- und Friedenspsychologie. Eds.: Cohrs, C., Knab, N., & Sommer, G., 23 pages. Publisher Version (Open Access)

Sasse, J., Nazlich, T., Alrich, K., Frey, D., & Baumert, A. (2022). Mitigating Intergroup Conflict: Effectiveness of Qualifying Subjective Justice Views as an Intervention Technique in Comparison to Empathy Induction. Social Justice Research, 35, 107-127. Publisher Version (Open Access)

Toribio-Florez, D., Sasse, J., & Baumert, A. (2022). “Proof Under Reasonable Doubt”: Ambiguity of the Norm Violation as Boundary Condition of Third-Party Punishment. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 49(3), 429-446. Publisher Version (Open Access)

Sasse, J., Li, M., & Baumert, A. (2022). How Prosocial is Moral Courage? Current Opinion in Psychology, 44, 146-150. Publisher Version

Sasse, J., van Breen, J., Spears, R., & Gordijn, E. (2021). The Rocky Road from Experience to Expression of Emotions - Women’s Anger about Sexism. Affective Science, 2, 414-426. Publisher Version (Open Access)

Sasse, J., Halmburger, A., & Baumert, A. (2020). The Functions of Anger in Moral Courage – Insights from a Behavioral Study. Emotion, 22(6), 1321-1335. Publisher Version.

Baumert, A*., Li, M*., Sasse, J.*., & Skitka, L. (2020). Standing Up Against Moral Violations: Psychological Processes of Moral Courage [Editorial]. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 88: 103951. (*geteilte Erstautorinnenschaft) Publisher Version

Baumert, A. & Sasse, J. (2018). Personality as Interpersonal Dynamics: Understanding Within-situation Processes and Their Recurrence Across Situations and Time. [peer commentary on “Interpersonal Dynamics in Personality and Personality Disorders” by C.J. Hopwood]. European Journal of Personality, 32, 525–624.

Sasse, J., Spears, R., & Gordijn, E.H. (2018). When to Reveal What You Feel: How Emotions Towards Antagonistic Out-group and Third Party Audiences are Expressed Strategically. PLOS ONE,13(9): e0202163. Publisher Version (Open Access)

Saab, R., Spears, R., Tausch, N., & Sasse, J. (2016). Predicting Aggressive Collective Action based on the Efficacy of Peaceful and Aggressive Actions. European Journal of Social Psychology, 46, 529-543. Publisher Version

Bell, R., Sasse, J., Möller, M., Czernochowski, D., Mayr, S., & Buchner, A. (2015). Event-related Potentials in Response to Cheating and Cooperation in a Social Dilemma Game. Psychophysiology, 53, 216-228. Publisher Version

Popular Scientific Publications

Sasse, J. (2021). Finding the courage to confront other’s wrongdoings: Anger can get you there. Character & Context.

Sasse, J., van Breen, J., Spears, R., & Gordijn, E.H. (2018). #MeToo geeft ruimte aan onderdrukte woede over seksisme. Sociale Vraagstukken.

Sasse, J., Spears, R., & Gordijn, E.H. (2016). Gar nicht so negativ: Die funktionale Rolle von Ärger in sozialer Interaktion. In-Mind Magazin.

Cypris, N.F., Engelmann, S., Sasse, J., Grossklags, J., & Baumert, A. (2022). Intervening Against Online Hate Speech: A Case for Automated Counterspeech. IEAI Research Brief.