Kirill Zhirkov is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and a Faculty Affiliate in the Democratic Statecraft Lab at the University of Virginia. Kirill's methodological research focuses on measurement of politically relevant beliefs and attitudes beyond standard survey self-reports. He uses these methods to address a number of substantive questions in the field of political psychology. One of them is the role of cognition in politics: how people perceive the social world and how these perceptions affect political preferences and behaviors. Kirill's dissertation uses innovative techniques to measure stereotypes about immigrants and demonstrate their importance for public attitudes toward immigration. It has received the 2021 Best Dissertation Award from the International Society of Political Psychology. Kirill's work has been published in Political Analysis, the Journal of Politics, and Public Opinion Quarterly, among others. He holds a PhD in Political Science and an MA in Statistics from the University of Michigan.