Assistant Professor of Psychology and Social Intervention
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.
- Bilali, R. (2014). The downsides of a shared national identification for minority group outcomes in intergroup conflicts in assimilationist societies. British Journal of Social Psychology, 53, 21-38. (link)
- Leach, C. W., Bilali, R., & Pagliaro, S. (2014). Groups and morality. In APA handbook of personality and social psychology: Volume 2. Interpersonal relations and group processes. American Psychological Association
- Vollhardt, J. R., & Bilali, R. (in press). The role of inclusive and exclusive victim consciousness in predicting intergroup attitudes: Findings from Rwanda, Burundi, and DRC. Political Psychology. (link)
- Bilali, R., & Vollhardt, J. R. (2013). Priming effects of a reconciliation radio drama on historical perspective-taking in the aftermath of mass violence in Rwanda. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 144-151. (link)
- Bilali, R. (2013). National narrative and social psychological influences in Turks’ denial of the mass killings of Armenians as genocide. Journal of Social Issues, 69, 16-33. (link)
- Bilali, R., & Ross, M. (2012). Remembering intergroup conflict. In Tropp, L. R. (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of intergroup conflict (pp. 123-135). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
- Bilali, R., Tropp, L. R., & Dasgupta, N. (2012). Attributions of responsibility and perceived harm in the aftermath of mass violence. Peace & Conflict. Journal of Peace Psychology, 18, 21-39. (link)
- Bilali, R. (2010). Assessing the internal validity of international image theory in the context of Turkey – U.S. relations. Political Psychology, 31, 275-303. (link)
- Vollhardt, J., & Bilali, R. (2008). Social psychology’s contribution to the psychological study of peace: a review. Social Psychology, 39, 12-25. (link)
- Bilali, R. (in press). Do terrorist threat alerts increase perception of threat and legitimization of in-group’s wars? The moderating role of perceived in-group homogeneity. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.
- Bilali, R. (in press). Between fiction and reality in post-genocide Rwanda: Reflections on a social-psychological media intervention for social change. Journal of Social and Political Psychology. (link)