Assistant Professor of Psychology and Social Intervention
Phone: (212) 998-5555
Rezarta Bilali received her PhD in social psychology with a concentration in peace and violence from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her research focuses on the social psychological underpinnings of intergroup conflict and violence in various international settings. Her goal is to generate knowledge that successfully informs practice and social policy on prevention of intergroup violence and promotion of positive intergroup relations. In order to achieve this goal, Dr. Bilali contextualizes her research in real world settings (e.g., Albania, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Turkey, the U.S.), uses multiple methodologies (e.g., experiments, surveys, interviews, content analysis of written materials), considers historical and structural variables, and engages practitioners in her work. In one line of research, Rezarta seeks to understand the psychological underpinnings of destructive conflict narratives, in order to shed light on strategies to reduce intergroup conflicts. In another line of research, she merges theory and practice by working with non-governmental organizations to develop and evaluate violence prevention and reconciliation radio programs in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. Dr. Bilali’s research has been supported by numerous foundations including Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, American Psychological Foundation, International Peace Research Association, Psychology Beyond Borders, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Bilali graduated with a BA in Psychology from Bogazici University, and a Masters’ degree in Conflict Resolution at Sabanci University, both in Istanbul. Prior to joining Steinhardt, she was an assistant professor of conflict resolution at the University of Massachusetts Boston.