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).
- Aggression, Conflict, Peace
- Causal Attribution
- Culture and Ethnicity
- Helping, Prosocial Behavior
- Intergroup Relations
- Political Psychology
- Self and Identity
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- Bilali, R., & Vollhardt, J.R. (in press). Can mass media interventions effectively promote peace in contexts of ongoing violence? Evidence from Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology.
- Bilali, R., & Vollhardt, J. R. (2013). Priming effects of a reconciliation radio drama on historical perspective-taking in the aftermath of mass violence in Rwanda. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 144-151.
- Bilali, R., Vollhardt, J.R., & Rarick, J.R.D. (in press). Assessing the impact of a media-based intervention to prevent intergroup violence and promote positive intergroup relations in Burundi. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology.
- Campbell, M., & Vollhardt, J. R. (2014). Fighting the good fight: The relationship between belief in evil and support for violent policies. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40, 16-33
- Cohrs, J.C., & Vollhardt, J.R. (2013). Welcome to a new international open-access journal in social and political psychology [Editorial]. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 1, 1-4.
- Vollhardt, J., & Bilali, R. (2008). Social psychology’s contribution to the psychological study of peace: A review. Social Psychology, 39, 12-25.
- Vollhardt, J.R. (2015). Inclusive victim consciousness in advocacy, social movements, and intergroup relations: Promises and pitfalls. Social Issues and Policy Review, 9, 89-120.
- Vollhardt, J. R. (2013). “Crime against humanity” or “Crime against Jews”? Acknowledgment in construals of the Holocaust and its importance for intergroup relations. Journal of Social Issues, 69, 144-161.
- Vollhardt, J. R. (2012). Interpreting rights and duties after mass violence. Culture and Psychology, 18, 133-145.
- Vollhardt, J. R. (2010). Enhanced external and culturally sensitive attributions after extended intercultural contact. British Journal of Social Psychology, 49, 363-383.
- Vollhardt, J. R. (2009). Altruism born of suffering and prosocial behavior following adverse life events: A review and conceptualization. Social Justice Research, 22, 53-97.
- Vollhardt, J. R. (2009). The role of victim beliefs in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Risk or potential for peace? Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 15, 135-159.
- Vollhardt, J.R. & Bilali, R. (2015). The role of inclusive and exclusive victim consciousness in predicting intergroup attitudes: Findings from Rwanda, Burundi, and DRC. Political Psychology.
- Vollhardt, J. R., & Bilewicz, M. (2013). After the genocide: Psychological perspectives on victim, bystander, and perpetrator groups. Journal of Social Issues, 69, 1-15.
- Vollhardt, J.R., Mazur, L.B., & Lemahieu, M. (2014). Acknowledgment after mass violence: Effects on psychological well-being and intergroup relations. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 17, 306-323.
- Vollhardt, J. R., & Staub, E. (2011). Inclusive altruism born of suffering: The relationship between adversity and prosocial attitudes and behavior toward disadvantaged outgroups. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 81, 307-315.
- Bilewicz, M., & Vollhardt, J. R. (2012). Evil transformations: Psychological processes underlying genocide and mass killing. In A. Golec De Zavala & A. Cichocka (Eds.), Social psychology of social problems: The intergroup context (pp. 280 - 307). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Vollhardt, J.R. (2015). The role of social psychology in preventing group-selective mass atrocities. In S. Rosenberg, T. Galis, & A. Zucker (Eds.), Reconstructing atrocity prevention. Cambridge University Press.
- Vollhardt, J. R. (2012). Collective victimization. In L. Tropp (Ed.), Oxford handbook of intergroup conflict (pp. 136-157). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
- Vollhardt, J. R., & Bilewicz, M. (Eds.). (2013). The aftermath of genocide: psychological perspectives [Special issue]. Journal of Social Issues, 69(1).
- 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
Jonas Clark Hall
950 Main Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01610
- Phone: (508) 793-7278