Meet the ISPP Early Career Committee members for 2015—2016!
Ex-officio chair: Laura Taylor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Chair: Sanne Rijkhoff, Portland State University
Sanne, ECC chair for 2015-21016, received her Ph.D. at Washington State University and is a visiting scholar at the Political Science Department at Portland State University. She also teaches at both Portland State and Washington State University. Sanne has taught courses in class and online such as American Politics, Comparative and European Politics, Media and Politics, Political Psychology and Gender and Politics. Her research focuses on political cynicism and the consequences for political participation, but she is also interested in political rhetoric and political advertising. Collaborations with communication and criminal justice make her work truly interdisciplinary. She is seeking a tenure track academic position to continue her work in political psychology.
Chair-elect: Shelley McKeown, University of Bristol
Shelley is currently a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Bristol. Before joining Bristol, she lectured at Leiden University College and the University of Hertfordshire. Shelley particularly enjoys teaching social/political/peace psychology and research methods. She completed her PhD at the University of Ulster in 2012 and her research focuses on understanding and improving intergroup relations, primarily through the lens of intergroup contact theory and social identity theory. Shelley has published a number of articles, book chapters and a book on identity, segregation and peacebuilding in Northern Ireland. Her career aspiration is to become a full professor.
Professional Development: Emma O’Dwyer, Kingston University & Gary Smith, University of Central Florida
Gary is a PhD Student in Security Studies at UCF. He has assisted in the instruction of courses covering a wide range of topics in international security. His research about the psychological correlates of interstate conflict behavior has been presented at the annual meetings of the ISPP, ISA, and SPSA. Additionally, his co-authored research into the scholarship of teaching and learning in Political Science has been presented at the annual meeting of the APSA. Gary aspires to obtain a tenure-track teaching position at a research-oriented university upon completion of his PhD.
Emma received her PhD from Queen’s University Belfast in 2014 and is now a lecturer in political psychology at Kingston University London. Her doctoral research used a social representations framework to explore the foreign policy of neutrality in the context of the Republic of Ireland. Current research interests include the relationship between foreign policy and identity, attitudes and conceptualizations of military and humanitarian intervention and peace activism and social change, and she utilises both qualitative and quantitative methodologies to examine these issues.
Mentoring lunch: Stavroula Chrona, University of Surrey & Thia Dickey, Queen's University Belfast
Thia is a PhD student (Queen’s University Belfast), investigating the dynamics of trust at the group-level, with a particular focus on the post-conflict Lebanese context. She has some teaching experience in Lebanon (Master’s level) and Northern Ireland (undergraduate level). Thia also has experience in quantitative and qualitative research in NI (generalized social trust; inter-group trust in NI; contact in Belfast) and Lebanon (prejudice reduction through SCT; HR policies for women in the Middle East). Following my studies, she hopes to remain in academia in the UK, developing her research interests and focusing particularly on Lebanon and the Middle East.
Stavroula Chrona is a PhD Candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Department of Politics, University of Surrey (UK). She holds an MA in International and European Politics from the University of Surrey (UK) and a BA in History from the University of Crete (Greece). Stavroula is working on the area of political psychology, electoral behavior and public opinion. Currently she investigates the cognitive, affective and motivational processes of public political behavior. She is also working on the areas of radicalisation, media framing of the eurocrisis, and the use of social media as a tool for political participation. She has extensive experience in teaching introductory and advanced courses on research methods (both qualitative and quantitative) in Political and Social Sciences.
Newsletter: Elif Onal, Istanbul Bilgi University & Kevin McNicholl, Queen's University Belfast
Kevin focuses on statistical analysis of the wealth of survey and census data that has been collected here since 1989. He is researching the ‘Northern Irish’ identity as a potential common ingroup identity. He also looks at discourses of Northern Irishness in the Northern Ireland Assembly to view how understandings of this category are constructed. Currently, Kevin works in the Politics, International Studies and Philosophy department of Queen’s University Belfast and has tutored modules in international politics and conflict. In the future he would very much like to continue researching intergroup relations and particularly understandings of national identity in divided societies.
Elif’s research interests are sub-topics of psychology of political diversity and people’s practices of living together with their different social-political affiliations. She tries to encompass the theories of social psychology and political science to find out why people set different moral frameworks while considering the other and generate different practices of collective hate, with a specific interest on Turk-Kurd intergroup relations at Turkey and using both qualitative and quantitative methods for her research. She started to give academic talks and lectures on othering, psychology of evil, collective hate and prejudice recently.
Blog and Web: Kanica Rakhra, Jawaharlal Nehru University & Kulani Panapitiya Dias, Princeton University
Kulani’s research interests include the formation of collective beliefs and memories, disengagement strategies groups use to justify beliefs and ingroup wrongdoings, and prejuudice-reduction intervention strategies that can be used to influence these attitudes (in conflict and post-conflict regions). She has conducted field research in Sri Lanka investigating a) moral disengagement strategies used and b) the recollection of ingroup versus outgroup atrocities, justifications, and apologies as a function of perpetrator group membership. After obtaining her B.A. with double highest honors working with Johanna Vollhardt at Clark University, she worked with Christopher Cohrs as a predoctoral fellow in Germany. See more at http://www.kulanipdias.com
Kanica Rakhra is a PhD candidate at the Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament, at Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. Her current research focuses on the role of prestige in the nuclear programs of India and Iran where she is studying the different variables that influence prestige. She has participated in workshops in Europe and South Asia and presented her papers at conferences such as ISPP, ISA and Politicologenetmaal. Additionally, she has written journal articles and blog pieces which focus on aspects of political psychology, behavior studies, emotions and the role of identity. Kanica aspires to work as an academic and introduce and teach political psychology as a subject in India.