David Reinhard, a postdoctoral research associate in the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program working with faculty member Bernhard Leidner, has received new grants from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence (APA Division 48), and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP). His research project entitled “De-escalating Conflict in International Rivalries” aims to understand how rivalries between nations can lead to conflict escalation, and whether this understanding can be leveraged for conflict reduction and prevention.
Reinhard was also recently awarded a grant from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Office of Equity and Inclusion. He will lead a new research project, entitled “Bridging the Great Divide,” as part of the Campus Climate Improvement grant program. The project aims to foster effective communication strategies "across the political aisle" on campus.