Our research group at Clark (the RICC group – Research on Intergroup Conflict and Cooperation) consists of several doctoral students and undergraduate students working on various research projects related to intergroup relations in the context of collective violence and its aftermath. The projects that undergraduate students this year are involved in include a study on power and relations between minority groups in the U.S. (specifically, between African Americans and Asian Americans), resistance during genocide and ethnic conflicts (specifically, in Burundi, Palestine, Sri Lanka, and during the Holocaust), and a study on lessons people draw from their experience of genocide (based on survivor testimonies from the Holocaust, Rwandan genocide, and Nanjing Massacre). Other topics research group members are currently working on include the psychological effects of acknowledgment versus denial, mapping the variety of collective victim beliefs, and examining predictors of majority and high power group members’ perceptions of discrimination. Students in our research group learn to work with multiple methods and data sources (thematic analysis and content analysis of interviews and oral testimonies or other text, surveys and experiments online or in the field, archival data), across different cultural contexts and with sensitivity to the social, political and historical context in question, and with community members (we do not work with student samples).
Undergraduate students who want to join the research group can do so by enrolling for my research course, Psyc225, and/or the Capstone seminar (Psyc 292) that follows. To learn more about our work you can also visit the posters that undergraduate students in our research group present at Academic Spree Day. Prospective graduate students can find more information here.