Hanne M. Watkins joins Peace Program

We welcome Hannah M. Watkins to the Peace program as a Post Doctoral Fellow in Fall, 2018

Hanne M. Watkins holds a BA (Hons.) in Psychology and Linguistics, and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Melbourne, in Australia. She also completed her Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of Melbourne, in 2016. Her main research interests are moral psychology, intergroup conflict, and philosophical “just war theory,” which is why her thesis was on how people make moral judgments about killing in war.

Tawakkol Karman, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient

On Wednesday, April 4, 2018 the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Tawakkol Karman spent a day at UMass, culminated by a talk in the Bernie Dallas Room to a large crowd on the topic of 

Nonviolence as a Means of Struggle, Change and Success

Tawakkol Karman was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 in recognition of her work in non-violent struggle for the expression rights, safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work in Yemen.

While here on campus, she met with undergraduate and graduate students before giving her talk.

Sponsored by UMass Amherst Psychology of Peace and Violence Program and the UMass Lowell Greeley Scholars for Peace Studies Award


Statement of Solidarity with Academics for Peace

The Psychology of Peace and Violence Program stands in solidarity with the signatories of the January 2016 Peace Petition, who are now facing a fresh round of criminal indictments.
Read our full statement

Our Faculty, Students and Graduates in the News

Linda Tropp is recipient of the 2018 Scientific Impact Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP)

Linda Tropp and her group of researchers spent over five years “trying to find every study on intergroup contact we could,” she says. Now Tropp has been selected as a recipient of the 2018 Scientific Impact Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP), which “honors the author(s) of a specific article or chapter offering a theoretical, empirical, and/or methodological contribution that has proven highly influential over the last 25 years.” 
The award was presented at the 2018 SESP conference Oct. 4-6 in Seattle

Linda Tropp to lead post-film discussion on "Two Towns of Jasper" at Forbes Library

Film showing: October 10 Wed. 6:30 – 8:30 pm Forbes Library

“Two Towns of Jaspar” is perhaps the most revealing film about race relations ever made. Two filmmakers, one black and one white, who grew up together in one town, co—directed a film about a horrific murder of a black man in their home town. The fundamental difference in their reactions led them to conclude that making a film about the crime would provide an illuminating window on how race is lived in America. 

Özden Melis Uluğ wins grant from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)

Dr. Özden Melis Uluğ, a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Psychology of Peace a Violence Program, received a new grant from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology(SPSP). This new research project of Dr. Uluğ explores how conflict narratives may be helpful in achieving peace and justice in conflict contexts. Dr. Uluğ plans to conduct two studies in two different conflict contexts: (1) Israel and (2) Poland. In both studies, adaptation of materials to the Israeli and Polish context as well as translations will be facilitated by Dr. Gilad Hirschberger and Dr. Michał Bilewicz as collaborators.


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