I'm a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology at The New School for Social Research in New York City. I also hold appointments as a Research Fellow at Beyond Conflict—a non-profit that translates social scientific insights into evidence-based interventions to reduce conflict and bridge divides—and at ARTIS International—a research organization focused on conflict resolution.

As a social psychologist, I study intergroup relations with a particular focus on the ways in which religion, as both a group membership and system of beliefs, affects moral decision-making, social attitudes, and behaviors in intergroup contexts. I also study intergroup relations along racial, political, and sexual orientation lines, with an emphasis on how social psychological theory can be leveraged to advance social change and promote equality.

 

Using cross-cultural field research, longitudinal studies, controlled experiments, and surveys, my work expands social psychology beyond WEIRD (Western, educated, industrialized, rich, and democratic) populations to build ecologically valid, culturally informed, and contextually grounded theories on intergroup relations.

I earned my Ph.D. in social psychology from The Pennsylvania State University and am a proud graduate of Bates College, where I earned a B.A. in political psychology.

Get in touch: michael@michaelhpasek.com

 
 

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