Current Doctoral Students

Mukadder ‘Muk’ Okuyan received her BS in Psychology and MS in Social Psychology from Middle East Technical University, Turkey. As a Fulbright holder, she completed an MA degree in Psychology at the New School for Social Research. She is interested in intergroup relations, discrimination perceptions and social change. Her dissertation explores the sources of perceived discrimination among dominant group members in the U.S. (i.e., White Americans and men). Currently in Germany on a DAAD research grant, Muk examines perceived grievances among societal majorities in Germany. She defended her dissertation in May 2020! View Muk’s CV here.


Michelle Twali is a PhD candidate in the Social Psychology program. She received her Master’s from University of Utah, Salt Lake City and B.A from the University of Ghana, Accra. Michelle is interested in studying collective victimhood. Specifically, her work focuses on different meaning-making strategies that members of victim groups engage in the aftermath of collective victimization experiences, and how these strategies impact prosocial or hostile intergroup outcomes. Her dissertation focuses on the role of intergroup power on collective victimization. Michelle utilizes both quantitative and qualitative methods and aims to apply her research to address social issues. View Michelle’s CV here. 


Hu Young Jeong is a second-year doctoral student in social psychology. Born in South Korea, he grew up in Indonesia and received his B.A. and M.A. in psychology from Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea. His research interests mainly revolve around collective victim beliefs, empowerment of victim groups, and post-violence intergroup relations.


Helin Unal is a first year Ph.D. student in the social psychology program. She received a Master of Science in Political Psychology from Queen’s University, Belfast. Her current research interests involve collective victim beliefs, collective action among immigrant and diaspora groups, and diaspora groups’ identity and conflict attitudes. She uses multiple methodologies, including qualitative methods and Q-methodology, and studies numerous contexts in her research.