Karen Douglas is a Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Kent. She has studied the psychology of conspiracy theories for over 10 years and has published many empirical journal articles, review papers, and book chapters on this topic. Her research focuses on why people believe in conspiracy theories and what the consequences of these beliefs are for individuals, groups, and society. Karen’s research regularly features in the media and she frequently gives public talks on the psychology of conspiracy theories. She is a founding member of an international network of conspiracy theory scholars and has recently edited a journal special issue which highlights current research on this topic.