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Johanna Ray Vollhardt

Johanna Ray Vollhardt

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My research focuses on the psychological impact of group-based victimization on political attitudes and relations with members of other groups (other victim groups as well as the perpetrator group). More specifically, I am interested in the social psychological processes and conditions that give rise to constructive, rather than to destructive consequences of collective victimization. I study these questions among various ethnic, religious and national (minority) groups in the U.S., Europe, India, and East Africa. Another focus of my research are psychological processes during (e.g., resistance) and in the aftermath of genocide (e.g., acknowledgment of collective victimization). I have a strong interest in the use of multiple methods, and in the integration of knowledge across subdisciplines (e.g., social psychology and peace psychology) as well as between disciplines (e.g.,history and psychology).

Primary Interests:

  • Aggression, Conflict, Peace
  • Causal Attribution
  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Helping, Prosocial Behavior
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Political Psychology
  • Self and Identity

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Courses Taught:

  • Experimental Methods in Psychology
  • Intro to Social Psychology
  • Prosocial Behavior and Collective Action
  • Social and Cultural Psychology of Genocide
  • Social Psychology of Ethnic Violence and its Aftermath (Graduate Seminar)
  • The Psychology of Resistance During Genocide
  • Theory and Method: Research Design (Graduate seminar)

Johanna Ray Vollhardt
Psychology Department
Jonas Clark Hall
950 Main Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01610
United States

  • Phone: (508) 793-7278

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