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Department of Educational Sciences and Psychology

Dr. Elisabeth Graf

Main research topics

  • Academic emotions
  • Motivation
  • Civic education and political socialization

Office hours

by appointment

Academic background

  • 2023: Doctorate in Psychology (Dr.Phil), VDS CoBeNe, University of Vienna, Austria
  • 2020: M.A. in Political Science, University of Vienna, Austria
  • 2019: M.Sc. in Psychology, University of Vienna, Austria
  • 2017: B.Sc. in Political Science, University of Vienna, Austria
  • 2017: B.Sc. in Psychology, University of Vienna, Austria

Professional background

  • Currently working in project FAIR
  • Since 01/2024: Research assistant in team McElvany at the IFS
  • 09/2023–11/2023: Research visit at the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • 01/2020–12/2023: University assistant (PraeDoc) at the Department for Developmental and Educational Psychology, University of Vienna, Austria
  • 10/2015–12/2019: Student assistant at the Department of Government, University of Vienna, Austria


Further Information

Current Projects:

  • From Prediction to Agile Interventions in the Social Sciences (FAIR), project duration: 01.11.2021 – 31.10.2024
  • Goetz, T., Steiner, W., Graf, E., Stempfer, L., Ristl, C., Rupprecht, F. S., Donath, J. L., Botes, E., & Nikitin, J. (2023).  Assessing psychological variables on mobile devices: An introduction to the experience sampling app ESM-quest. Frontiers in Psychology.
  • Graf, E., Stempfer, L., Muis, K., & Goetz, T. (2024). Classroom emotions in civic education: A multilevel approach to antecedents and effects. Learning and Instruction, 90, 101869.
  • Graf, E., Goetz, T., Bieleke, M., &Murano, D. (2023). Feeling politics at high school: Antecedents and effects of emotions in civic education. Political Psychology.
  • Donath, J. L., Lüke, T., Graf, E., Tran, U., & Götz, T. (2023). Does professional development effectively support the implementation of inclusive education? A meta-analysis. Educational Psychology Review, 35(30).
  • Huber, L. M., Bodlos, A., Graf, E., & Meyer, T. M. (2020). Disseminating legislative debates: How legislators communicate the parliamentary agenda. Party Politics, 28(2), 365–376.
  • Graf, E., Stempfer, L., Muis, K., & Gotz, T. (2023, August 22–25). Say it, feel it: How emotions in civic education relate to classroom climate and participation. In E. Graf & L. Stempfer (chair), Multiple Perspectives on Student’s Emotions Experienced in Class. [Symposium]. EARLI Conference, Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • Graf, E., Donath, J. L., Botes, E., Voracek, M., & Goetz, T. (2023, May 4–5). Relationships between discrete emotions and political learning: A cross-disciplinary systematic review and meta-analysis [Paper presentation]. AERA, online.
  • Graf, E., Bieleke, M., Donath, J. L., Goetz, T., Murano, D., & Stempfer, L. (2022, March 9–11). Ursachen und Wirkungen von Emotionen in der Politischen Bildung [Paper presentation]. 9. Tagung der Gesellschaft für Empirische Bildungsforschung (GEBF), Bamberg, Deutschland (online).
  • Graf, E. (2021, November 16–18). Explaining the gender gap in political engagement: The role of gender stereotypes [Paper presentation]. 9th IEA International Research Conference, Dubai, UAE (hybrid)
  • Graf, E., Bieleke, M., Goetz, T., & Murano, D. (2021, August 23–27). Assessing academic emotions in civic education: Development and validation of self-report scales [Poster presentation]. European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) 2021, Gothenburg, Sweden (online).