Rachel Steele

Rachel received her Ph.D. in 2016. She also holds a Master’s in Peace and Justice Studies from the University of San Diego. Prior to joining the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program at UMass she worked at the United States Institute of Peace for three years addressing governance and legal issues in Iraq and post-conflict justice and reconciliation in a variety of settings. She had also worked as a peace activist in Seattle and in the Philippines (with the Mennonite Central Committee) working alongside local peace-builders.

Currently, Rachel is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology at Hampshire College (2016-2017) teaching social psychology courses. Rachel has conducted two integrated lines of research on emotional and cognitive responses to intergroup provocations and to attempts at intergroup reconciliation. For example, her research has examined responses to terrorism and to undocumented immigrants in the U.S. Her dissertation research focused on beliefs of victim group members and perpetrator group members about reconciliation efforts made by the government (in Chile for political and racial violence and in the U.S. for a racial injustice).