Sasha Kimel, Ph.D. serves in the role of a visiting assistant professor and postdoctoral fellow in the psychology department at Harvard University and recently completed the competitive Harvard College Fellowship. She received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from University of Michigan and her B.A. in Psychology from the University of British Columbia.
Drawing on work experience at the United Nations - in the Peace and Security cluster of UN Women - and graduate level training in public policy, Dr. Kimel's research focuses on understanding the psychological factors that influence conflict between groups while taking seriously the impact of cultural context, diverse identities (e.g., race/ethnicity, faith, social class) and inequality. She often uses field-experiments, measures of real consequences, and collects data from groups that are actually involved in conflict. Broadly, she seeks to both advance theories underlying significant societal problems and to help create scientifically-tested interventions that are applicable to diverse contexts using an interdisciplinary approach (i.e., political science, communications, public policy, organizational behavior, biology, neuroscience) and multiple levels of analysis. For instance, at the Cultural level, she examines how conflict intervention strategies vary by context; at the Societal level, how power and status impact interactions between racial/ethnic groups; and, at the Biological level, how the psychological processes underlying conflict are affected by genetic information as well as neural and physiological factors.
Dr. Kimel's research has been published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, and NeuroImage. Her work has also been featured in popular press outlets, including The Washington Post and Scientific American. Dr. Kimel teaches a number of courses at Harvard, including Cultural Psychology: Diverse Social Identities in the US and Beyond; Psychology of the Political Left & Right; and Psychology of Being Rich or Poor. She has also taught Experimental Research Methods at both Harvard and UMass Boston.