Lucas A. Keefer

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Conceptual Metaphor, Existential and Philosophical Psychology, Social Class and Political Psychology, Attachment


Brain & Behavior Doctoral Program

Courses Taught

  •  PSY 110: General Psychology


Sample publications

Conceptual Metaphor

Keefer, L. A., & Landau, M. J. (2015). Frighteningly similar: Relationship metaphors elicit defensive information processing. Social Psychology and Personality Science. 6, 931-939.

Keefer, L. A., Landau, M. J., Sullivan, D., & Rothschild, Z. K. (2014). Embodied metaphor and abstract problem solving: Testing a metaphoric fit hypothesis in the health domain. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 55, 12-20.

Social Class and Political Psychology

Keefer, L. A., Goode, C., & Van Berkel, L. (2015). Toward a psychological study of class consciousness: Development and validation of a social psychological model. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 3, 253-290.

Landau, M. J., & Keefer, L. A. (2015). The persuasive power of political metaphors. In J. P. Forgas, W. Crano, & K. Fiedler (Eds.), Social psychology and politics (pp. 129-142). New York, NY: Psychology Press.


Keefer, L. A., Landau, M. J., & Sullivan, D. (2014). Non-human support: Broadening the scope of attachment theory. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 8, 524-535.

Keefer, L. A., Landau, M. J., Rothschild, Z. K., & Sullivan, D. (2012). Attachment to objects as compensation for close others’ perceived unreliability. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 912-917.