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University of Connecticut Social Psychology Intergroup Relations


Fouad Bou Zeineddine, 4th Year Graduate Student

Fouad Bou Zeineddine (B.A. 2009, M.A. 2010, Clark University, M.A. 2012, University of Connecticut) is a doctoral student in social psychology at the University of Connecticut. His research is concerned with collective moral-political aspirations and entitlements, and their relationship to perceptions of and responses to moral-political infractions and shortfalls. From within this framework, his work studies the perspectives of subordinated groups on dominance relationships rooted in international power dynamics and structures.

Atilla Cidam, 3rd Year Graduate Student

I am very interested in the factors which lead to more moral motivation and action, as well as the development of a moral identity.  I conceptualize moral development as a life-long process and investigate factors which help individuals learn from their moral successes and failures. Thus, I study religion and spirituality, assumptions about morality, emotions, and effect of moral exemplars as catalysts of moral motivation and growth.  Interested in multiple levels of analysis, I seek to understand connections between individual morality and intergroup attitudes, as well as how communities affect the moral life of the individual. I also study the ‘dark side’ of morality, where moral arguments and credentials can be used to justify immoral and inhumane behavior.

Jessa LaCroix, 3rd Year Graduate Student

My primary research interests include gender, stereotypes, discrimination, sexual orientation, HIV prevention, and social influence. I am also interested in meta-analytic methods and have collaborated in various syntheses investigating the efficacy of interventions to prevent HIV, promote family planning, and reduce depression and anxiety among cancer survivors. I am currently working on several projects including HIV prevention for couples, temporal changes in attitudes toward Asian Americans, and gender differences and similarities in susceptibility to social influence.

Mia Logic, Graduate Student, Anticipated Graduation 2017

My research interests include intergroup relations, stereotyping, prejudice, social cognition and perception, social influence, power dynamics, collective responsibility, morality, conflict prevention and resolution, social justice, the psychology of religion and political psychology. 
Natasza Marrouch, 1st Year Graduate Student

Nadya Soto, 1st Year Graduate Student

My broad research interests include social identity, intergroup relations, prejudice, and social justice. Specifically, my research concerns the ways in which we define ourselves in relation to our groups, and how this in turn has an impact on our interactions with and attitudes toward outgroup members. I also have an interest in research on collective morality and in the ways in which different groups assign responsibility for moral actions, especially between different ethnic and racial groups.

Andrew L. Stewart, 5th Year Graduate Student

My research examines social change, viz., the dynamic process of intergroup behavior aimed at affecting intergroup status and power. In addition to theoretical work on social change, my research examines ideological norms and their consequences for discrimination and violence. Examining norms requires multilevel theorizing and methodology, which I have done in the context of immigration in Europe and gender relations around the world. A second program of research seeks to understand how to dismantle these ideological norms to encourage collective action, activism, and sexual assault prevention. Overall, my research examines the behavioral dynamics that sustain and disrupt ideological norms, while arguing for theoretical pluralism and practical significance.

Erin Strauts, 4th Year Graduate Student

My research can be broadly construed as political psychology. More specifically, I am interested in how being politically engaged and active influences the person. I am studying how affect and physiological indicators change while watching partisan media or engaging in political activism.