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 traditionally studied populations and identities to build ecologically valid 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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I developed and taught a graduate-level seminar at NYU Steinhardt in 2019. Click here for a copy of my original syllabus. I have also given undergraduate- and graduate-level guest lectures at The Pennsylvania State University and The New School on topics including social psychology and statistics. Click here for my teaching evaluations and representative student quotes.


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